Exactly how close was Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones to selecting quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft? That is a question that 99.9 percent of Cowboys fans are not going to want to know the answer to. The truth is Jones was uncomfortably close to drafting Manziel, which proves he still has no idea what he is doing as a general manager.
“I want you to know that almost as I was handing in the card, it was that close to putting Manziel card in. It was that close,” Jones told the NFL Network, according to Sports Illustrated.
“I looked over to my son, Stephen, our chief executive officer, and I said ‘I took the right pick [Zack Martin]’… He was the top player by three players on our board at the time we were sitting there looking at him,” Jones continued.
Considering that the Cleveland Browns are “alarmed” and “shocked” by Manziel’s off-the-field antics, which have clearly affected his on-the-field performance during training camp, I have to say that Jones and his team made the right choice by going with Martin. I mean, can you imagine what would have happened if Manziel landed in “Big D?” Jones is already thought of as incompetent when it comes to being a general manager. Drafting Manziel would have been the last straw for fans that have grown impatient over the years.
According to Cleveland.com:
Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, and some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook.
Manziel has cared more about vacationing and flashing his “money sign” than competing for a starting job with the Browns. In fact, he has reportedly gone on eight trips in the 11 weeks since he was drafted. Instead of the Cleveland coaching staff preparing for the upcoming season, they are answering questions from the media about the state the organization is in with Manziel. I promise you, the Browns cannot afford to waste their valuable time dealing with bogus Manziel questions.
As you can see, the Cowboys dodged a bullet several times over. Good thing Jones did not have a lapse of judgment at a critical time. Otherwise, the team would be dealing with a media circus instead of focusing on their goal of winning the NFC East.