We were so close to a dream (or nightmare, depending on who you are) scenario, in which the most famous player in the 2014 NFL Draft wound up on America's Team.
Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
The Dallas Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick and went with Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead. The pick was safe and certainly beefed up an area of weakness for the team, but it was nevertheless an unpopular move, according to the masses on Twitter and in the media.
As much as folks were hoping for a Johnny and Jerry (Jones) Show from Valley Ranch, however, that was never really in the cards. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport talked with a few sources inside the Cowboys draft room and said on NFL Network that Jones did not lobby hard to draft Manziel with the team's selection.
The #Cowboys talked about Johnny Manziel in their draft room. From what Iâm told, owner Jerry Jones did not campaign much for him.â Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2014
The #Cowboys had âthoughtful discussionâ about Manziel with owner Jerry Jones. He listened to his scouts.â Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2014
The stars aligned for Manziel, Jones and Tony Romo to all be on the same team, but it was a bit cloudy in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex on Thursday night. Instead, Johnny Football winds up in Cleveland.
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