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Dallas Cowboys possibly drafting Johnny Manziel is ‘purely speculation’

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel looks on as he sits out workouts during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel looks on as he sits out workouts during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The Dallas Cowboys seem to be a good fit for Johnny Manziel if he slips that far in the upcoming NFL draft. With the type of hype the former Heisman winner brings to the game and the fact that he played his college football in the state of Texas, owner Jerry Jones may be very tempted to select Johnny Football. Cowboys’ executive president Stephen Jones addressed the possibility in an interview with KRLD-FM on Monday.

In the interview, Jones addressed the possibility of selecting Manziel with their No. 16 pick as “purely speculation” since the Cowboys currently have a starting quarterback in Tony Romo. The position is certainly not a priority for the Cowboys, but given the opportunity to draft a player like Manziel may be too tempting to pass up. The team is certainly not revealing what they are planning to do in the draft.

Jones told KRLD-FM: “There’s not anything I can say about it. We haven’t quite gotten into sorting out the quarterbacks yet, that will come, in terms of finalizing our board. The one thing I’ll say about Johnny Manziel is he obviously had a great career in college – one of the greatest college football players that I’ve watched in terms of exciting and being a great competitor. Those are things we’ll work through and there’s a lot of things that go into where you ultimately put a player on your board.”

Although Manziel may be the kind of player and quarterback Jerry Jones loves to see on his team, the Cowboys do have other needs to address in the draft and not everyone associated with the Cowboys feel Manziel is a good fit at quarterback. Former star quarterback Roger Staubach gave his opinion on the possibility. He told ESPN, “I think Manziel has got great instincts. I think he’ll be a fine player, but I don’t think you want a Manziel when you have a franchise quarterback.

Staubach brought up the fact that Jerry Jones has paid Romo franchise type money to fill that void. He also pointed out that the quarterback position is not the reason the team went 8-8 last season and seem to be stuck in mediocrity. The Cowboys having any shot at selecting Manziel will depend on whether he slips that far down in the draft. The Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are front-runners to land Johnny Manziel according to NFL.com. Both teams have a strong need at the quarterback position.