Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was very surprised that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opted not to draft Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL draft. Aikman felt that would have been a move that Jones could have made, especially with Manziel sliding down all the way to the No.22 spot in the 1st round, where he was snatched up by the quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns.
The Cowboys selected guard Zack Martin in the 1st round despite the fact that the Cowboys need to seriously think about finding someone that can replace the aging quarterback Tony Romo in the near future.
“I thought there was a real good chance if he fell to the Cowboys’ pick that he would take him,” Aikman said, via Star-Telegram. “I understand why they didn’t. It would have certainly added a lot of excitement around here, but I don’t think it would have been best for the club, certainly not in the short term. There’s a lot of other needs, as we saw last year, that this team has, so it was probably the right thing not taking him, but I was a little surprised. I think that had to have been a difficult decision for Jerry.”
With Romo experiencing back problems that required surgery in 2013, it is kind of surprising that Jerry Jones didn’t opt to try and draft Manziel, because it would have been a good move for the franchise to have an excellent quarterback like him ready to take over and fill in each time Romo goes down with an injury, which will likely become more and more frequent in the future.
It’s likely that Jones didn’t want the distraction that would come with having a quarterback as popular on the Cowboys, because fans would be constantly calling for him to take over as the starter each time Romo makes a mistake. Manziel would immediately be the most popular player on the Cowboys team just by walking through the door.
“I think when the time comes for him [Manziel] to get serious about football and put in the time, I’m confident he’ll do that,” Aikman said. “He’s going to have to do that if he’s going to be successful. There’s no shortcuts in this league to becoming a great player. Cleveland has invested a lot in him and expects a lot from him, and I’m sure he recognizes that. I think he has a chance to be really good.”