The Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones desperately wanted to grab quarterback Johnny Manziel with the sixteenth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. We all know how the story went though, with Jones' son taking Manziel's card away from the owner so that he couldn't make that choice.
Instead of bringing Manziel in to be Tony Romo's backup for a few years, the Cowboys selected offensive lineman Zach Martin who was solid for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.1
Well it seems that Jones still hasn't been able to get over the fact that he couldn’t draft Johnny Manziel, and he has even suggested that not doing so will be a ‘ticket to parity’ as noted by ESPN.
“When we were on the clock, I said, if we pick the other guy — any other guy — it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons,” Jones says.
“The only way to break out is to gamble — take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team. That’s why I wanted Manziel, but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody … and I’m … not … happy …”
No One Player
While Johnny Manziel may end up being a very talented quarterback in the NFL, it’s difficult to suggest that he’d be the lone reason as to why the Dallas Cowboys would have achieved success.
It’s also difficult to suggest that a player drafted instead of Manziel (offensive tackle Zack Martin) would be the reason as to why the Cowboys would be stuck in parity.
And judging by the way that Manziel has made a pretty poor start to his NFL career, it seems to me that Jones should be thanking his son for taking Johnny Football's draft card away.