Jerry Jones loves making a splash, and drafting Johnny Manziel with the 16th selection would be just that. Coming out of the University of Texas A&M, there may not be a more polarized prospect in this draft. Hate him or love him, you can’t disagree that Manziel was a stud in college. He was the first freshman to ever the Heisman trophy, granted he was a redshirt freshman. Manziel has said that he was born at halftime of a Cowboys game, and he has also stated that he would love to stay home in Texas and play for the Cowboys or the Texans.
Jerry has made some “sexy picks” in the draft before, and they have burned him. Look at the 2012 NFL Draft when the Cowboys selected Morris Claiborne. At the time, Claiborne was the best defensive prospect in the draft class for sure. But in retrospect, Claiborne has been a bust in Big D. It is also worth mentioning that the Cowboys gave up their second-round pick to move up and select Claiborne. The Cowboys have a ton of needs on the defensive side of the ball, but Manziel would sell a ton of jerseys and tickets. The narrative changes a little bit though if the Cowboys draft Manziel. If they do so, the question remains, what do the Cowboys do with Tony Romo?
If Dallas drafts Manziel, the Cowboys would need to find a suitor for Romo. Don’t get me wrong, there will be 8-12 teams calling up Dallas for Romo. But, I find it hard that a team will trade for knowing his cap hits in the next few years and his constant back problems. In 2015, Romo will have a cap hit of $27 million. That number is so high because the Cowboys have restructured his contract like crazy for the past two years. Romo had another back injury at the end of the 2013 season, and he isn’t young either at 33 years old.
To me, I believe Manziel is going to be a stud in this game. He brings that swagger that I love, and he is truly a play-maker. There are concerns over his size and his arm, but size shouldn’t matter anymore when it comes to quarterbacks. Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson is barely 5’11″, and he had an unbelievable season. Drew Brees is 5’10″, and I don’t need to say more on Brees because he is one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has to offer nowadays. Many say Manziel will have trouble in the NFL, because much of his success came on the run in college. Dallas’ starting line was real good in 2013, and they can keep Manziel upright for years to come. I wouldn’t be too upset if the Cowboys drafted Manziel, and traded Romo. But, maybe that’s my bias coming into play.