Zack Martin drafted 16th overall by Dallas Cowboys


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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones eschewed a chance to draft Johnny "Football" Manziel in favor of versatile offensive lineman Zack Martin.

Martin's stock has soared during the pre-draft process with his ability to play guard or right tackle.

The 6-foot-4 Martin will be insurance for aging right tackle Doug Free. Following the drafting of center Travis Frederick in the first round last season, Jones clearly is moving forward with his plans to keep Tony Romo upright.

Still, the story will be that Jerrah passed on a chance to keep Johnny Football in Texas. The owner, who is in love with all shiny toys, didn't reach his hand out for the sparkliest one in the draft.

NFL Media Inside Ian Rapoport reported the Cowboys hoped that Manziel would be on the board when they picked at No. 16, but not so they could take the dynamic quarterback. Rather, they hoped to trade down with a team wanting to jump up and take the passer.

Neither happened.

Instead of taking a popular, ticket-selling quarterback who could be his future superstar, Jones opted to help protect his 34-year-old signal caller with back troubles.

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