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Dallas Cowboys hope they're in position to pass on drafting Johnny Manziel

Dallas Cowboys would pass on Johnny Manziel at No. 16 pick in 2014 NFL draft Johnny Manziel could throw the rest of the first round into chaos if he falls out of the top 10 picks. (John W. McDonough/SI)

If for some reason Johnny Manziel falls to the Dallas Cowboys, the current owners of the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, many might assume Dallas would select the former Texas A&M product.

But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that's not exactly the case.

Yes, Dallas is certainly hoping that Manziel does fall to them in the draft, but only to pass on drafting him.

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Rapoport suggests that the Cowboys would like to use the leverage of Manziel being available at the 16th pick to trade down in hopes there would be a team willing to pay a ransom to move up.

"(The Cowboys) would love to be on the clock with Johnny Manziel sitting there, but not to take him. Not to take him," Rapoport said on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "Just so they would have some ammunition for a potential trade for some team wanting to come up and grab Johnny Manziel."

Manziel slipping to the 16th pick is entirely possible, though it's not certain that a team would be open to paying a premium to move up and draft him.

That said, it would certainly make for must-see-television if Manziel was available and the Cowboys did indeed pass on drafting him.

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