The story of the 2014 NFL Draft wasn’t about Jadeveon Clowney who was the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans, but rather Johnny Manziel and where the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M quarterback would call home.
Manziel was believed to be a potential top-four pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars or Cleveland Browns taking him with the third or fourth overall pick, respectively in an effort to boost ticket sales in addition to his on-the-field performance.
Manziel ended sliding out of the top 10 and was on the board when the Dallas Cowboys were on the clock with the No. 16 pick and the record number of viewers who tuned at the time were waiting to see if Jerry Jones would draft the Kerrville, Texas native and former Aggie to succeed Tony Romo with the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones says it was tough to pass up on Johnny Manziel and couldn’t believe he fell that far.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) June 6, 2014
Like most of us Jones was surprised to see Manziel get out of the top 10 and then out of the top 20 before the Browns traded up four spots to take Manziel in the hope that he can be the franchise quarterback and face of the franchise the organization has lacked since their rebirth in Cleveland.
We can only imagine how things would have worked out had Jones drafted “Johnny Football” but I think it’s fairly safe to assume that ESPN”s Ed Werder would have had to move into Valley Ranch and have 24/7 coverage of Manziel.