Jerry Jones desperately wanted Dallas Cowboys to pick Johnny Manziel on draft night
If Jerry Jones would’ve had his way on the night of the 2014 NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel would’ve been a Dallas Cowboy.
In appearance on Wednesday’s “The Dan Patrick Show,” author and former NFL columnist Gary Myers revealed how badly Jones wanted the former Texas A&M quarterback. The story he told on air is also featured in his recent book, “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys?”
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On draft night, the three players highest on Dallas’ board were all gone before the team picked at No. 16, including linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th pick. Myers said Jones, who was enamored with Manziel, went one-by-one around the room asking for everyone’s opinion on the former Aggie.
“He was outvoted, everybody else in the room to one, on not wanting to take Manziel,”Myers said.
Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son who’s also in charge of player personnel, convinced the team’s management to draft offensive guard Zack Martin out of Notre Dame. Jerry Jones derided the move, calling it “down the middle,” though Martin has made the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in the NFL.
Still, it’s clear Jones desperately wanted Manziel to be the next Cowboys quarterback. Do you think he would’ve been a good fit in Dallas?