What will Jerry Jones do this year? Jones and the moves he makes is an annual sub plot to the NFL draft and this year will be no different. This is mostly because of Jones’ ego and his penchant for being in the news. This year, it is also because of a certain quarterback from Texas A&M that some experts see falling into the lap of the Dallas Cowboys.
If that unlikely scenario were to occur, then heaven help Twitter. Because if anything in sports could blow up the Twitter world, it would be the marriage of Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel.
It will not happen though. Common sense, the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars stand in the way of social media’s dream pairing. Jones is undoubtedly infatuated with Manziel, but his previous efforts at drafting players has put him behind the eight ball now. There are too many holes on the Cowboy defense and too many years left in Tony Romo’s career to pick a backup quarterback for the 2014 season.
So what will Jerry Jones do?
The Dallas Cowboys gave up 432 points last season, exactly 27 points per game, so every time Tony Romo ran out of the tunnel for a game, he knew he had to put up at least four touchdowns a game. Luckily for Cowboy fans, he did. The Cowboy offense scored 439 points, just seven more than the defense gave up for the entire season. Hence, the Cowboys finished 8-8 on the season for the third year in a row and missed the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
It has been the same losing formula over and over for Dallas. Great offense, poor defense, and average results have been the hallmark of the 34-year old Romo and his era as the Dallas Cowboys’s starting quarterback. So what does Jerry Jones do? The only thing he can do. Go defense, early and often. Jones has to load up on defensive talent and hope for the best.
It will begin in the first round as Jones has his pick of players like Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama middle linebacker CJ Mosley or UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr. All four of those players are better prospects than Manziel.
Donald would be ideal for Dallas, as they are thin on the defensive line. Barr would be a good fit as well, replacing DeMarcus Ware and providing the Cowboys a pass rusher that is badly needed. Clinton-Dix and Mosley do not help the defensive line, but they would give the Cowboy defense a much-needed jolt of speed and athleticism.
There are a myriad of ways the Cowboys can go in the 2014 NFL draft, including trying to land Johnny Football. What will Jerry Jones do? What he has to do. He will start repairing a defense that was third worst in NFL history last season in total yards allowed. Keep an eye on Donald or Barr because it will not be Manziel.
Commentary by Mick Varner
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Dallas Cowboys