The Dallas Cowboys were often rumored as a potential landing spot for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick in the first round of this year’s draft. As things unfolded Thursday night, Manziel was still on the board when Dallas was on the clock, but they wound up passing on him. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has claimed Manziel was never really in consideration for the pick. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t the team’s top option.
The Cowboys wound up taking Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead. But Jones claims that Manziel was the top player on the team’s board when Dallas was up. Manziel ended up landing with the Cleveland Browns at No. 22.
On Friday after the dust had settled, Jones was more than willing to discuss Manziel. He even compared the 21-year-old to Elvis and called the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at celebrity.
Jones said he firmly believes that Manziel will be successful in the NFL, but that there was only room for one quarterback in Dallas. He also insisted that Johnny Football was too good to be a backup.
Jones had the following to say:
“It was too significant for him to be an insurance policy. There’s just too much dynamic here for him, for the franchise, for everybody. That’s just too much for insurance, and he’s not the usual development guy behind an accomplished quarterback. He’s a celebrity. He’s Elvis Presley.
“He’s got a chance to knock it out of the park, and we all know that.”
The Cowboys signed Tony Romo to six-year, $108 million extension last offseason and Jones made it perfectly clear that the 34-year-old veteran is his starting quarterback of the present and future. But it’s clear he had eyes for Manziel and probably considered making a splash by drafting him.