Maybe this is why Todd McShay had Blaine Gabbert ranked ahead of Cam Newton.
After the ESPN draft-talker declared earlier in the day that Johnny Manziel was the No. 1 player on the Cowboys draft board, it turns out he’s lower than that.
According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (who is in a better position to know), Manziel is actually the second-ranked quarterback on the team’s board, thereby not the top player. Their top quarterback is Blake Bortles.
Now, this could be a bit of semantics, as the team may have a board compiled by its scouting department that differs from the board that exists in the head of the General Manager.
The simple math of needs plus Tony Romo’s contract has made any equation that put Manziel with the Cowboys a bit of a stretch.
But drafting Manziel would create nothing more than attention for a team with an existing quarterback.
Then again, that’s nothing Jones is opposed to either, which is why this thing has become a fire that other Cowboys staffers have had to put out.