Lets me get this out of the way first. In no way am I saying this will happen or that we should take Johnny Manziel at all. But, I'm open minded enough to see a possibility where if things worked out a certain way that I would not fire up the truck, pile in Nick, Trueblue, Silva, and toss Frenchie in the bed of the truck while on our way to burn down Valley Ranch.
Understand that this is a complete worst case scenario situation. Play along if you will.
Lets say the 1st 15 picks go something like this.
1. Texans - Jadaveon Clowney DE/OLB
2. Rams - Sammy Watkins WR
3. Jags - Kahlil MACK (I couldn't resist) DE/OLB
4. Browns - Greg Robinson OT
5. Raiders - Mike Evans WR
6. Falcons - Jake Matthews OT
7. Bucs - Aaron Donald DT
8. Vikings - Anthony Barr DE
9. Bills - Taylor Lewan OT
10. Lions - Darqueze Denard CB
11. Titans - Blake Bortles QB
12. Giants - Zach Martin OT/G
13. Rams - Ha Ha Clinton Dix S
14. 49ers (Via trade) - Odell Beckham JR WR
15. Steelers - Calvin Pryor S
So at 16 that kind of wipes out everything most of us fans wanted. So the phones at Valley Ranch are silent. Jerry and Stephen are working them hard core to drum something up. They have no takers. Manziel is #1 on their board at this point and it's not really close (hypothetically speaking of course).
The Browns have decided that at 26 they are going to stay put and take Manziel or Carr. Whichever of the two is left.
The 49ers have already traded up and got their guy in Beckham so trading with them is a no go.
And the Eagles decided not to trade up once the 49ers grabbed their guy at 14.
So Dallas looks at it's board. Looks at it's 34 year old quarterback coming off two back surgeries in the last year and says "You know what? We're taking Johnny Football instead of letting him fall to the 2nd rd and go to the Texans and create a huge market buzz for the Texans in Jerry's back yard."
"Jerry's an idiot! He needs to hire a football guy! We needed dline! Manziel can't help us now! We just drafted a QB that's going to sit the bench for 1-2 years! All Jerry cares about is selling tickets and jersies! I am no longer a Cowboys fan!"
Blah blah blah blah. So now that we got that out of the way and while Thursday night will make a portion of Cowboys very happy and the other half will have the torches and pitchforks ready to take a field trip to Valley Ranch. Friday morning indeed rolls along and now that it's a reality you have to move on and try and make the best out of the situation.
So lets do a little exercise here.
As you can see the Cowboys have selected Johnny Manziel at 16.
In no particular order the following names come off the board to complete the 1st rd.
Kyle Fuller CB, Eric Ebron TE, CJ Mosley LB, Marqisie Lee WR, Kony Ealy DT/DE, Brandin Cooks WR, Jason Varrett CB, Dee Ford OLB/DE, Kyle Van Noy OLB, Xaiver Su'a Filo G, Demarcus Lawrence DE, Morgan Moses OT, Louis Nix DT, Ryan Shazier OLB, Derek Carr QB.& Scott Crichton DE.
So all those names are off the board. Now it's Friday night. Time for the 2nd rd. Here are some names that could be in the Cowboys range via a trade up or staying put. These are just a few names that I've seen on BTB that Cowboy fans seem to have some interest in.
2nd Round Players
Dominique Easley DT
Ra'shede Hageman DT
Jimmy Ward S
Joel Bitonio OT/G
Billy Turner OT/G
Gabe Jackson G
Jordan Matthews WR
Allen Robinson WR
Will Sutton DT
Stephen Tuitt DT
Cody Latimer WR
Now for 3rd round players that may be available. Again just a few names that may be around and draw interest from us fans.
3rd Round Players
Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Kelcey Quarles DT
Dakota Dozier G
DaQuan Jones DT
Jarvis Landry WR
Kareem Martin DE
Trai Turner G
Will Clarke DE
Marcus Smith DE
Trent Murphy OLB/DE
So if all these names were available to you in the 2nd rd and 3rd rd who would you select to try and "salvage" the hope of the fans that are still pissed about Johnny Football in the 1st.
Here is my list.
1st RD - Johnny Maziel
2nd RD - Dominique Easley (I think this would require a trade up and probably giving up our 4th rd pick. Which I Would gladly do for this dynamite 3 tech.
3rd RD - Will Clarke DE Speed coming off the corner. Me likey.
This would salvage it for me. I would walk away on Friday night feeling good about the present and great about the future.
So now it's on you. Take the list above and see what it would take for you to come out of Friday night a happy camper. If there are guys in both the 2nd and 3rd round's that you like and I left out please feel free to add them.
Just a silly thing to get us to Thursday.