Johnny Manziel hasn't had the greatest of starts to his NFL career, to say the least.
The former Texas A&M star was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2014 Draft and the starting quarterback job was his to lose. And lose it he did, thanks to weekends spent partying rather than learning the Browns playbook.
Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, and Blake Bortles were all drafted early on in 2014 and are all well on their way to becoming young stars in the NFL. Manziel is not. However, that doesn't mean the Dallas Cowboys still don't regret not drafting him ahead of Cleveland.
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Though they’re currently looking set for a top-10 pick, one of the hosts on KRLD said that the Cowboys might not be picking high enough to land an eventual replacement for the injured Tony Romo, Jerry Jones butted in.
“Except if a great one, Roethlisberger or Manziel, falls,” Jones said, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository.
Draft Day Dilemma
Jones wanted to draft Manziel badly in 2014, before eventually being persuaded not to. It seems the owner is still wistful about the former Heisman winner.
“We had Manziel at the top of our board, (still) on the board,” Jones started off as saying. “So he’s a legitimate board pick and we’re sitting there and grinding through . . . should we go for this opportunity to take a quarterback that high that’s dropped down and start getting ready in case for when Romo is not here or God forbid if he got hurt?"
"That’s why I sat there to the last minute and stared at everybody and looked at everybody so that we could say, ‘Is this that shot? One has dropped to us?"
Manziel was on the board when the Cowboys stepped up with the 16th pick. They ended up going for offensive lineman Zack Martin, who has started every game at Dallas and was named a 1st team All-Pro in his rookie season.
Everyone would say that the Cowboys made the right move by grabbing Martin, but it seems that Jerry Jones still wishes he had gone with Manziel.