It’s clear that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a strong degree of interest in quarterback Johnny Manziel. Ultimately, Jones disregarded the fact that Manziel was the highest-rated player on the Cowboys’ draft board at pick No. 16 and selected tackle Zack Martin.
But what if Martin hadn’t been there? It’s a question that ultimately came down to a coin flip.
On Thursday night, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that his team was trying to swing a trade with the Ravens at No. 17 for Martin.
“We were talking with Baltimore,” Fisher told reporters. “It would’ve been pricey but worth it. It was a good pick for the Cowboys.”
If the Ravens had won the coin flip with the Cowboys at the Scouting Combine, the Rams and Ravens could have gotten the deal done, and Martin wouldn’t have been on the board at No. 17 for the Cowboys.
If Martin hadn’t been there, could Jones have ignored the fact that Manziel was the No. 1 guy on the Dallas board?
We’ll never know the answer to that question, obviously. But if the Cowboys had simply lost that coin flip in Indy, the rest of us may have won the ability to watch the ultimately reality show unfold in Dallas.
“He’s a celebrity,” Jones said of Manziel. “He’s Elvis Presley.”
But for the flip of a coin, Elvis could have been entering the building at Valley Ranch.