After the 2014 NFL Draft, Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones commented that Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel “Frankly … [picking Manziel] wasn’t even a thought. This was such an obvious football … decision.” The Cowboys instead chose OL Zack Martin from Notre Dame to help protect Tony Romo.
Are we hearing a different story from Jones? Via the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Jerry Jones shared,
“I want you to know that almost as I was handing in the card, it was that close to putting that Manziel card in. It was that close. I looked over to my son, Stephen, our chief executive officer, and I said ‘I took the right pick.’ … He was the top player by three players on our board at the time that we were sitting there looking at him.”
Jones further shared about Johnny Manziel
“Manziel is special, I know him personally. I know that he is going to be a success in the National Football League, and it was a hard decision. And it is one that I will probably have for the rest of my career think about.”
What exactly does “that close” really mean? I don’t believe Jerry had any intention to draft Manziel and at the same time, every player at the draft was “that close” to dawning the Cowboy uniform. Only time will tell if Dallas made the right pick. After all the beating Romo has taken, I don’t think you can go wrong to the Cowboys looking at protecting their franchise QB.
Interesting to see Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman share,
“I think that had to have been a difficult decision for Jerry.”