Jerry Jones almost drafted Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Cleveland was this close to being Johnny Dallas. We know that the Dallas Cowboys selected guard Zach Martin with their first-round pick, but team owner Jerry Jones says that that almost wasn’t the case. Jones went into detail on how tough of a choice it was during Sunday’s edition of NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live, saying that Johnny Manziel was very close to being a Cowboy.

“I want you to know that almost as I was handing in the card, it was that close to putting that Manziel card in. It was that close,” Jones told NFL Media’s Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin from Cowboys camp in Oxnard, California. “I looked over to my son, Stephen, our chief executive officer, and I said ‘I took the right pick.’ … He was the top player by three players on our board at the time that we were sitting there looking at him.”

The Cowboys have Tony Romo in place and may have made the better move in finding him some protection, but there’s no denying that Jones’ penchant for flash matches that of the player who ultimately went No. 22 overall to Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns. Since arriving to Cleveland, Manziel has been a mixed bag of hard work and off-field headlines. He’s firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback in Browns camp, but occasionally shows flashes of the player he was at Texas A&M.

Listening to Jones, it appears that he’s anticipating much more in the way of growth and that Browns fans will have a special player to cheer for over the course of the next several years.

“Manziel is special,” added Jones. “I know him personally. I know that he is going to be a success in the National Football League. And it was a hard decision. And it is one that I will probably for the rest of my career think about.”

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

  • Harv 21

    Romo must be getting the warm fuzzies reading that. No offense to Cowboys fans, but any team that has their owner at the forefront of draft decisions deserves what results from that.

  • RGB

    No doubt that Jerry and Johnny could wreck this league.

  • RGB

    Maybe Ray needs to get Jerry on the phone and talk trade.
    Go get ‘em Mr. Farmer…(C’mon Mr. Shaw, step up and make this easy…)

  • mgbode

    Good Ole Jerrah. Always good for a quote and demonstrating that Jerry is always thinking with his heart. A shame that someone didn’t send Jerry a couple links right after his pick:

    (1) http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/01/02/cowboys-romo-update-complication-in-that-back-surgery/

    (2) http://www.si.com/nfl/audibles/2014/03/17/brandon-weeden-deal-dallas-cowboys

  • mgbode

    They want them some glory hole!

  • mgbode
  • RGB
  • mgbode

    As Jerrah would say, it’s just jocks, socks and contrahcts.

  • Wow

    I’m so glad to know what jones thinks. Dallas was last relevant in like 96 I believe.

  • mgbode

    I would gladly trade the last 15 years of Browns football for what Dallas has had.

  • Garry_Owen

    Saw this scroll on the ticker on NFL Network, and laughed about it with my wife. How is this news? I mean, this morning I almost had Honey Nut Cheerios, but decided to go with eggs and toast instead. Anyone care?

    “Almost” only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear warheads.

  • RGB

    Oof, that’s a Pyrrhic victory, right there.

  • mgbode

    Your doctor may care. If you are diabetic, then you made the smart choice. But, if you have cholesterol issues, then HN-Cheerios was the way to go.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Expect a call from the league office this time!

  • mgbode

    You do understand it is an oil reference, right?

  • Garry_Owen

    Ah, but that’s where you’re dished, old boy. It probably doesn’t matter.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-berardi-phd/egss-and-health_b_3499583.html

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea just what the Cleveland Browns need Dez Bryant to go along with Gordon and Manziel. I’m speaking of the 10 pieces of luggage they each carry. If it were possible to put each of them in a bubble on off days and lock them away well okay I’m game.

  • RGB

    Not quite…
    Trade Manziel for Bryant. ;)
    (Hence the desire for Shaw to step up and make JFF, ummmm, expendible.)

  • mgbode

    There are conflicting studies though, which is why sites like NHLBI have not changed recommendations. Weight and physical activity are bigger factors, but, hey, we’ll see. I am all for a diet that includes eggs.

    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/heart-cholesterol-hbc-what-html.htm

  • Garry_Owen

    I think the American Heart Association also changed tunes recently (but don’t have the time to find the link).

    Regardless, I find this conversation far more interesting than who Jerry Jones “almost” drafted.

  • Garry_Owen

    And for the record, I think Honey Nut Cheerios are special. They taste great and would be a great breakfast. I’ll probably spend the rest of the day thinking about my choice this morning.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Still Bryant is not the big brother I’d have in mind for Josh Gordon. I mean might as well bring back Devone Bess!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The way the wheat has been changed in all those cereals sucks. It single handedly ruined my Rice Krispies. More like Snap, Fizzle and Blah!!!

  • Garry_Owen

    Well there’s your problem: Those Rice Krispies are made with rice.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    not for nothing but i think dallas will be quite a bit better than the commentariat consensus here. with martin, that’s three first round o-linemen in last four years. (smith-frederick-martin.) romo figures to not be running for his life this year for the first time in ever.

    if you want to rag on meddlesome know-nothing owners, i think woody johnson and dan snyder are your guys. jerry jones actually played on a national champion team for frank broyles and with jimmy johnson.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I thought we was pals GO?

    http://timeless.justdave.net/blog/144/coyote-06.jpg

    In my defense…just checked cereal box…it says GRAIN not wheat so I’m not dumb. On the bright side, I have an opening for a new bestest buddy on WFNY if anyone is available. Denny, Andrew Schnitkey, Jacob Rosen, Steve??

  • Garry_Owen

    Come on. That one was just too easy to pass up. How could any self-respecting know-it-all miss that huge slow-pitch softball?

    You’re certainly free to walk away, just don’t walk away injured!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Boyz don’t do that to their boyz u broke the rulez yer out!

  • BenRM

    But he didn’t…..sooo

  • Wow

    Fair enough, he’s always annoyed me though.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Mr. Cleveland only one with a sense of humor. Had this been someone with the letters mg in their name it would have had multiple upticks.