Can you picture it? The biggest name in college football, playing for “America’s team” on one of the largest high-definition televisions in the world. While it sounds very entertaining to draft Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it will not help the Dallas Cowboys reach a Super Bowl anytime soon. With rumors floating around that Jerry Jones is a fan of Johnny Football, Dallas fans should be very concerned.
The fact of the matter is that the Cowboys will need to replace 34-year old Tony Romo within the next few years, but this is not the draft to find a franchise quarterback. Even though he has continually been criticized throughout his career, Romo has been a very stable and reliable option for Dallas. He will never be able to shake his fumbles and big game turnovers, but his statistics prove that he is much better than the average NFL fan will give him credit for.
The Cowboys have always been known for having huge offensive weapons over the past few seasons, but for whatever reason, Dallas has been unable to come together as a team. One could argue that if the defense could keep the games closer, Romo would not be put into the situations that create the turnovers he has been known for.
The fact that the offense ranked 14th in passing yards in 2013 but the defense ranked 30th against the pass and 27th against the rush, suggests that improving on defense should be a focal point for Dallas in the 2014 NFL Draft.
I am not going to debate the skills or flaws of Manziel. He could become a team leader in just one season, or he could end up as a huge bust for an organization that could sink years into trying to develop him into a franchise quarterback. With the amount of pressure and media attention that Dallas receives, the Cowboys needs to be 100 percent sure that a quarterback they selects in the first round can become a starter for many years to come.
If signing Manziel is about improving the team’s future and not just about adding more bells and whistles to create a bigger audience, then fans will have no choice but to trust in the organization’s decision.
Watching Manziel in Dallas would be entertaining, but it will not improve a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2010.