Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tony Romo blocks out Johnny Football
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- During the NFL draft process, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke to quarterback Tony Romo about the potential of drafting a quarterback.
The Jones family wanted Romo to know about the commitment they were making to him.
So instead of selecting quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick, the Cowboys snagged tackle/guard Zack Martin.
"I think you're going through, during that time, more than anything, you're excited about adding a football [player] and a guy who can help your football team," Romo said. "I think the organization has done a great job of going about the process of getting some people on the defensive and offensive lines that can help change the football game, and that's ultimately a difference … in our way that we're drafting now, and it shows we're committed to that. And that's how you win in the National Football League."
Stephen Jones said Romo didn't care if the Cowboys selected Manziel and noted Romo would beat out anybody on the roster at his position. Yet, of the nine selections in the draft, seven were defensive players.
The only offensive players snagged were fifth-round wide receiver Devin Street and Martin.
The draw to select Manziel was a strong one for the Cowboys, who had him ranked high on their board when the No. 16 pick came up.
"I knew what our team was hoping for in the draft, and so I think it was a great time to look at some of the top players that were available," Romo said. "And I knew we had a couple of guys up there and Zack was one of those guys, and once he was available I knew we were really excited about him. It's great that we got a guy with his ability at that spot in the draft, and I think it's going to show it's going to be a really good draft when it's all said and done."