2014 NFL draft: Dallas Cowboys 'absolutely' not drafting Johnny Manziel

Tuesday April 29th, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Cowboys not drafting  Johnny Manziel Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to a Cotton Bowl win at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in 2013. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The chatter about the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys moving up to select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is sure to continue until next week's 2014 NFL draft, but there are conflicting reports about just how likely that scenario is.

It was just a day ago that CBS announcer Jim Nantz floated the rumor that the Cowboys would find a way to select Manziel, but Cowboys columnist Jeff Sullivan firmly shot down that report, citing his own team sources.

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"For the record, I'm not guessing on the Cowboys not drafting Manziel," Sullivan wrote on Twitter. "I was told absolutely no by the highest of authorities."

While it was fun to discuss the made-for-primetime pairing of player and franchise, it wouldn't make sense for Dallas to move up in the first round to draft a controversial quarterback prospect, sacrificing picks and neglecting other team needs in the process. Instead, the Cowboys should focus on winning now with Tony Romo and building the defensive line and defensive backfield -- which are their most glaring needs. Then again, former Texas coach Mack Brown did recruit Manziel to play safety out of high school.

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