Jerry Jones’ son “snatched” the Johnny Manziel draft card away on draft day

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Have you guys heard about how the Dallas Cowboys almost drafted Johnny Manziel? I thought everyone had, but it’s come up again, this time with even more details. Jim Dent has written in his new book that Jerry Jones’ son “snatched” the Manziel draft card from his dad’s hands, otherwise Johnny Football would be in Brandon Weeden’s spot, presumably.

Jones made his “that close” comment on NFL Network on July 28. And in a new book, “Manziel Mania,” author Jim Dent reveals that Jones couldn’t resist himself from drafting Manziel. Instead, his son Stephen, the team’s executive vice president, held his father back from drafting Manziel.

Instead of grabbing one of the most decorated college quarterbacks in the draft, the Cowboys executed a decidedly less “sexy” draft maneuver. The Cowboys drafted offensive guard Zack Martin. By all accounts the Cowboys are very happy with their first rounder and how he’s picking up the NFL game, but it makes you wonder if Cowboys fans will always wonder what could have been.

We’ve been through that in Cleveland as the Browns pretty well passed on Mark Sanchez via trade-down in order to eventually get Alex Mack. Obviously the situation is a bit different as the Cowboys flat passed on Manziel for Martin, but the equation works out the same now that the chips are on the table. If Manziel goes on to become a superstar franchise quarterback, the Cowboys will probably regret it and look back at stories like the above with a burning fire of anger.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I know it’s a silly point, but Jones wasn’t in New York, so there was no card to snatch. They were all on the phone.

    Plus, if Romo goes down, they still have the awesome Brandon Weeden, who led an amazing come-from-behind comeback on Thursday night football last year!

  • MrCleaveland

    I take it this son of his is not the same person who wipes Jerruh’s glasses (and God knows what else) for him.

    Jeez, Jones is a one-man circus.

  • Harv 21

    ssshh, the Joneses never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

  • Denny

    I wonder if you’ll always wonder if Dallas fans will always wonder what could have been

  • mgbode

    that was his son-in-law. he allows his actual son to pretend that he’s the GM from time to time.

  • mgbode

    Thankfully, Dallas chose OG Zach Martin because it allowed the player that the Browns truly wanted to slip to them. Of course, I am talking of Joel Bitonio.

  • Terry Roberts

    It’s the “Big If” for this story. Since when did Jerry Jones let anyone, even his son to override his desire. He’s a showboat and loves being in the press and will milk this as long as he can.

  • humboldt

    But what does Stevie Wonder wonder?

  • humboldt

    Be careful my friend, you may soon be entering the hallowed Mary Kay Cabot – Jason Campbell zone of unconditional admiration ;).

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    grossi: name one player in the draft who will definitely be a star.
    farmer: zack martin.

    this was some post-draft interview with farmer. he didn’t blink.

    you watch bode,,, dallas even without a defense but with three good o-line to let romo breathe is going to surprise.

  • mgbode

    but, inside, he was smiling as that is what he had told Jerry Jones on his party bus just a few nights prior.

  • mgbode

    hey, my dad always wanted an elite OG on the team and I just needed to get it out there saying that we had one just in case, you know? and, I made sure to check with 3 of his best friends to see that they agreed with my stance before going public, so it’s all good.

    oh, and if you don’t agree, then you hate America. so, there’s that too.

  • CB Everett

    Electric sheep?

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    They can still have the kid if they want him. Send us Terrance Williams, straight up.

  • humboldt
  • WFNY_DP

    “If Manziel goes on to become a superstar franchise quarterback, the Cowboys will probably regret it and look back at stories like the above with a burning fire of anger.”

    Whereas I thank the stars every day that we didn’t take Sanchez. It’s literally the one thing I give Mangini credit for.

  • Rick Eger

    He did the old man a favor!

  • citizen x

    Jones son appears to be a hero so far…

  • Garry_Owen

    What have we learned?

    Jerry Jones is absolutely desperate for attention and can’t stand that the Texan* everyone is talking about is not him, so he had to repeatedly link himself to the Texan that everyone is talking about.

    * Jerry Jones may or may not be a Texan by birth, I don’t know, but he got there as soon as he could, so it counts.

  • mgbode

    he’s an Arkansas grad though (nat’l champ and all), so he always has 1 strike against him.

  • pihc

    Where’s the comment section you can post comments to about people posting comments?

  • Garry_Owen

    Knew about the Arkansas connection, but didn’t know (and don’t care enough to check) if he was born a Texan. Besides, I consider myself a Texan (dual stateship with Ohio), and only lived there for a year-and-a-half.

  • mgbode

    oh, he’s a dirty Californian by birth, which is strike 2.

  • Garry_Owen

    But he still gets credit for being there. That’s what I love about Texas. Y’all take everyone.

  • mgbode

    indeed we do though the first day I moved in, a friendly Texan with a nice slow drawl came over and asked me as nicely as can be how we were and where we were moving from. when I mentioned I was from Ohio, he said, and I quote, “Y’all damn Yankees can put your stuff back in that van and drive on back there.” before stomping off in a huff.

    Love that guy.

  • Garry_Owen
  • JakeJ413

    I don’t follow the team closely, but how in the world could they not draft a defensive player in the first round? Aren’t they (close to) record-settingly bad?