Jan 20, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with head coach Jason Garrett seen in the stands of the North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL GM for a Day: Dallas Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys are in an interesting position in the 2014 NFL Draft. While they sit at the 16th pick they were basically hamstringed during free agency by their cap issues so they’ll be forced to address their major team needs via the draft. Rumors have them interested in Johnny Manziel but that might not be practical given their position. What would you do if you were the Dallas Cowboys GM for a day?

While being the Cowboys’ GM might be more of a task than one day could contain, draft day is what the focus would be. The practical side would demand that the Cowboys look to add help to their defensive line. The impractical side says grab Johnny Manziel if he’s available at the No. 16 spot or even trade up to get him.

If I were the Cowboys GM on draft day I’d probably go practical. That seems to make the most sense.

Aaron Donald, the defensive tackle from Pittsburgh, could fit right into the Cowboys’ defensive scheme or pass rusher Anthony Barr from UCLA, if available. The Cowboys have 11 picks in the draft to address the rest of the needs so taking the best defensive end or tackle in the first round seems to be the best way to go.

While it would be attention-grabbing for the Boys to add the former Texas A&M quarterback to their roster, it could also turn into a nightmare of a distraction for the team.

You think Tebow got a lot of attention in Denver? That would be like a minor blimp on the radar compared to what Manziel would get in Texas with a Cowboys uniform on. If the Cowboys aren’t willing to start Manziel right away, it’s not worth drafting him.

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