Jerry Jones has chance to set NFL abuzz and take Johnny Manziel, but passes

Jerry Jones showed restraint.

When the Cowboys went on the clock with the 16th pick, and Texas A&M legend Johnny Manziel was still on the board, Dallas' brash owner had to be tempted. Tony Romo is 34 and coming off back surgery. Drafting Manziel would have been the biggest splash of this entire NFL offseason. The most talked-about team in the NFL would have become a full-blown circus with Manziel waiting in the wings as Romo's successor at quarterback.

Jones didn't do it. He picked Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, which was as dull of a pick as Manziel would have been exciting.

That's not to say Martin was the wrong pick. Martin won't sell any jerseys but he fills a need. He's a versatile lineman who can be a longtime starter for the Cowboys. Football-wise the head-scratcher isn't necessarily that the Cowboys didn't take Manziel, it's that they passed on two very good safeties in Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who would have helped a terrible defense. But when it comes down to the story (and when has Jones not chased attention?) it was a bit surprising the Cowboys didn't take Manziel. Let's be honest ... a bit disappointing, too.

Manziel became the player in the green room that the television cameras focus on as pick after pick goes by and he didn't hear his name called. The NFL world would have exploded had Manziel gone to the Cowboys. Jones took the boring and prudent approach instead. You might not see that again anytime soon.

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