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Jerry Jones: Johnny Manziel was the highest rated player on Cowboys' board at No. 16

Jerry Jones brought on Tony Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty Images) Jerry Jones brought on Tony Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones says the team had Johnny Manziel listed as their best available player when they made the sixteenth pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Reports said that the team was interested in taking the Texas A&M quarterback in the first-round, although in the end they decided on Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin. Jones told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Manziel was an enticing prospect even with Tony Romo firmly in place as the team's starter.

"It’s not the usual development guy....He’s a celebrity. He’s Elvis Presley."

Manziel was one of the first round's biggest question marks, and had to wait until the Clevleand Browns selected him at No. 22, much later than he was expected to be taken by some mock drafts.

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