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.
Jerry admitted Manziel was the highest-rated player on the Cowboys' draft board at No. 16. Just too much invested in Romo.
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) May 10, 2014
Jerry Jones on choice he had to draft Johnny Manziel: "It’s not the usual development guy....He’s a celebrity. He’s Elvis Presley."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014