The subject came up again in Don Van Natta Jr.’s lengthy profile of Jones on ESPN.com, which included Jones hissing about being “so damn mad” that he was talked out of drafting Manziel when the Cowboys went on the clock with the 16th overall pick. Jones recalled telling son Stephen, the team’s director of player personnel and one of several voices who strongly opposed picking Manziel, that “we laid up” by picking Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin.
Months later, Manziel is the highest-profile backup quarterback in NFL history, having been beat out by Brian Hoyer with the Cleveland Browns. Martin will start right away at right guard for an offensive line that is expected to be the strength of the Cowboys.
Jones says he’s now satisfied that the Cowboys went with the safe pick instead of the sex appeal of Manziel.
“I think I’m proud of that decision right now,” Jones said, “and I’m proud I was a good listener.”