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NFL Draft Rumors: Johnny Manziel No. 1 on Dallas Cowboys’ Board?

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As much as Dallas Cowboys fans don’t want to believe it, there’s more and more support building up behind the rumor that America’s team is targeting Johnny Manziel during the 2014 NFL Draft.

The latest word comes from ESPN’s Todd McShay, who stated that Manziel is the No. 1 player on the Cowboys’ board heading into tonight’s draft.

“I’m told by two different people that he’s the No. 1 player on their board,” McShay said.

While it seems unlikely that the Cowboys would select a quarterback with their first-round pick, crazier things have happened. However, with so many other needs – specifically along the defensive front – Dallas would be taking a huge risk spending their top pick at a position at which they already have an entrenched starter.

At the same time, fans have been calling for Tony Romo to be replaced for years. Even though he shows near-elite passing abilities and an overall skill set, the 11-year veteran routinely chokes in clutch situations and hasn’t been able to get the Cowboys over the hump despite a playoff-caliber roster.

It’s certainly no guarantee that Manziel could be the difference-maker, but he’s a sparkplug player who has proven throughout his collegiate career that he can deliver in the clutch. If the Cowboys are smitten enough with the Texas A&M product, they could opt to replace Romo with him – possibly even trading the heavily-criticized quarterback in the process. That is, if he’s even available when the Cowboys are on the clock.

Whenever Jerry Jones is in control, anything is possible. It seems crazy, but if Manziel slides to No. 16, it’s starting to look more likely that the Cowboys will plug the trigger on the polarizing quarterback.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.