There have been countless reports about just how close Jerry Jones was to selecting Johnny Manziel with the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that Jones’ son, Executive Vice President/COO for the Dallas Cowboys Stephen Jones, actually had to remove the draft card from Jerry Jones’ hand to ensure Johnny Manziel would not be the selection.
While Jerry Jones would not go as far as to say the draft card was removed from his hands, he did admit that Stephen played a part in talking him out of the draft choice.
“Figuratively speaking, it got close to that,” Jones said on the “Shamn and RJ” Show on 105.3 The Fan. “It certainly was a big debate going on, if no place else other than my mind.”
“If anybody could talk me out of it, Stephen could. Let’s leave it at that. I like where we ended up, but there’s no doubt, there was a long thought — at least on my part. Stephen certainly had his ideas. The rest of the room had their ideas.”
After the way Johnny Manziel has performed through two weeks this offseason, Cowboys fans should be thankful for Stephen Jones.
The Cowboys ended up selecting Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin with their top pick and it is a move that should help the team improve in the trenches.