Multiple top-five teams have renounced their interest in Johnny Manziel, leaving the Texas A&M star's NFL draft destination in flux. (David Eulitt/SI)
There have been some rumblings that Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones is intrigued by the possibility of selecting Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL draft. Those talks have died down in recent days, but draft guru Mike Mayock threw the Manziel-to-the-Cowboys storyline back into the headlines after slotting Manziel at No. 16 to Dallas in his mock draft for NFL.com on Wednesday night.
As far as Mayock is concerned, Jones would be hard-pressed to resist grabbing Manziel if he's available when the Cowboys are on the clock.
"I don't think Jerry could help himself," Mayock said on NFL Network on Wednesday. "That simple."
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“If it's my pick, I'd upgrade this defense … But this is Jerry’s world,” Mayock wrote in his mock draft. “Tony Romo is 34 and coming off his second back surgery, and I think this team is further away from winning a championship than people think. Can Jerry Jones pass up on this kid? I don’t believe so."
But what about Tony Romo? If Manziel were to join the Cowboys, Mayock believes the team would use a few special packages for his rookie season and ease him into greater responsibility the following offseason, with a tough decision to make about Romo's future.
“I think there’d be a Manziel package from Day One, and there’d be some of the zone read stuff,” Mayock said. "It'd be getting him out there and having fun, taking a little bit of the load away from Romo, which I think would benefit that offense."
It's entirely possible that Manziel does not fall to the Cowboys at No. 16, but with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders reportedly set to pass on the Texas A&M signal-caller, it would not be out of the question to see Manziel slide out of the top 10 on Thursday night.
If Manziel goes to Dallas, prepare for one of the NFL's biggest season-long sideshows.
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