IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — The sports world stood still on Thursday when the Dallas Cowboys went on the clock with the 16th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel was available; Notre Dame OL Zack Martin was the pick.READ MORE: Wanda 'Fernie' Winter, Credited With Bringing Funnel Cakes To State Fair Of Texas, Dies
But did the Cowboys legitimately consider selecting Johnny Football over the “safe” pick in Martin?
“Anytime you have a great player sitting there, you look at everybody,” said Stephen Jones on Friday with the G-Bag Nation. “That wouldn’t be responsible not to see who is left on your board and how each person fits. Our bigger issue here is, we’ve obviously made a huge investment in Tony [Romo]. We think he’s a great player, and we really think at this time, the best way for us to win is to help him — that’s either protect him or play a little better defense.”
War room footage appeared to show a frustrated Stephen Jones slamming the phone with under two minutes remaining on the draft clock. Many speculated that the Cowboys simply didn’t get the offers they wanted to move down from 16.
“Unfortunately, it was a phone malfunction. I was trying to take a call, and I picked it up and there was nobody there. We were having a little phone issue but we got right back on the phone and were able to get our last offers.”