NFL Draft rumors are swirling more than a Panhandle Twister. Teams are trying to gain any leverage they can by putting out false rumors. It’s difficult to trust anything you hear from now until the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8th.
The latest rumor getting traction is the Dallas Cowboys would do ‘anything’ to trade up to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
It would be the quintessential ‘Jerry Jones’ move. Johnny Football is everything Jones wants in a quarterback. He’s talented, fun to watch and very marketable. Jones would love to have Manziel play for the Cowboys.
Is there any truth to this rumor?
Many would instantly dismiss this rumor, but then Peter King wrote about it, Fox Sports opined about it and every other major columnist added their two cents. Is this rumor gaining steam because NFL columnists are running out of things to talk about before the draft? The NFL moved the draft back a few weeks and we’re just picking scraps at this point. Would a rumor about any other player going to any other team even be newsworthy?
Jerry Jones did once say he never wanted to be in the situation that he was in when Troy Aikman retired. They didn’t have a quarterback groomed to take over and they were left with guys like Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson under center. The Cowboys were irrelevant for half a decade. That is the last thing ego-driven Jerry Jones wants to see.
What would the Dallas Cowboys need to trade the Houston Texans for the #1 overall pick? I would guess that two or three future first-round picks, a few later round picks and maybe someone at the level of DeMarco Murray.
Houston might be too in love with either South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo LB Khalil Mack to trade the pick. St. Louis or Jacksonville could be enticed to pull the trigger on a trade. The Rams already have a treasure trove of picks from their Robert Griffin III draft day trade. They could really stack their team in the future by flipping the #2 pick for even more picks. They need to take advantage of every opportunity when San Francisco and Seattle are in your division. As for Jacksonville, I would assume they would jump on that trade, since they will not be competitive for a few more years.
I’m not sure if Dallas will actually trade for Johnny Manziel, but it’s fun to think about. If they do, Manziel will be the most popular back-up quarterback since Tim Tebow. Can you imagine the crowd reaction the next time Tony Romo throws a late-game interception? It would be epic.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.