There have been a lot of rumblings leading up to the NFL Draft that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys could make a huge media splash in the first round with the 16th overall pick by selecting a quarterback. In particular, the talk has surrounded the organization taking Johnny Manziel, which would create one of the more interesting situations in all of the league.
But on Tuesday, just two days until the draft kicks off, Jones more or less shot that talk down completely of his team taking a potential competitor for Tony Romo’s job in the first round, or at the very least his future replacement.
“I”m not that gunned up over what a rookie quarterback could do for us this year,” Jones told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. “That takes time. This is not rebuilding time.”
Jones then went on to just flat out say that quarterback is not their biggest need this Thursday at 16, while also giving Romo the stamp of approval in the process.
“It does not qualify for the biggest need. I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking at a quarterback,” Jones said. “We’ve got a good one.”
Still, anything can happen when Draft day rolls around and these next few days will be filled with a lot of smokescreens. Plus, if they were interested in Manziel, they would more than likely have to trade up to get him as he will probably not make it out of the top 10.
Also, and this is something to keep in mind, there have been a lot of sleepers at the position that have risen up in recent weeks. So just because Jones says that he won’t take a quarterback in round one, doesn’t mean that the quarterback roster in Dallas won’t have a new member other than the recently signed Brandon Weeden come training camp time.