Twitter mailbag: Believe Jerry's QB words at own risk

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys’ Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we discuss:

** Whether to draft a quarterback

** Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III

** Drafting Laremy Tunsil at No. 4

Away we go:

@toddarcher: I understand Jerry Jones said the Cowboys “don’t have to” draft a quarterback, but I’ll remind everybody that Jones also has said in the past, “Just because I said it, doesn’t make it so.” In the literal sense, Jones is correct. The Cowboys don’t have to draft a quarterback, but I don’t think a statement in January will have any meaning when the draft rolls around. In fact, I had an agent of one of the top quarterbacks coming out tell me, “I’m glad he said it. Now that means he’s taking a quarterback.” There are miles to go in this draft process and there will be many twists and turns, so don’t take anything you see, hear or read as gospel from the Cowboys or anybody else. It’s a complete guessing game. As of today, if you’re asking me if the Cowboys will take a quarterback in the first round, I would say no. Will they draft one at some point? As of today, I’d say yes even with Jones’ comment.

@toddarcher: I know Troy Aikman believes it, but I don’t. I’ve said before this would be the worst place for Johnny Manziel to play because of all of the trappings in the city for the Aggie legend. Plus, he’s not shown he’s worth the trouble with his play on the field. Of the two, I think Robert Griffin III is more likely to be a Cowboy, but I don’t see that happening either. There are those in the organization who don’t know if he fits the scheme or if his body will allow him to be as effective as he was as a rookie. So to go back to the first question I was asked, that’s why I believe the Cowboys will draft a quarterback after the fourth overall pick. But if we want to throw out a veteran free agent name, how does Colt McCoy sound?

@toddarcher: I wrote in last week’s mailbag about need vs. best player available. I don’t think it is as black and white as everybody thinks, and Laremy Tunsil is an example. Now, let me start by saying I think he could be the first pick in the draft and not even be available when the Cowboys pick, but for this question I’ll play along. There’s no doubt he’s a great player and likely will be the top player available. The Cowboys have rebuilt their line through the draft since taking Tyron Smith in 2011. Doug Free is getting up in age at right tackle and Tunsil could be a Day 1 starter. But can the Cowboys afford to spend another first-round pick on the line? Travis Frederick will be a free agent following the 2017 season after they pick up the fifth-year option. Zack Martin will be a Cowboy through at least 2018. From a salary-cap standpoint, it will be hard to keep the pieces together, in my opinion. Possible? Sure. But it would be easier to keep all of the high-priced linemen if the Cowboys had a quarterback on a rookie deal and a receiver on a low-money deal.