Jerry Jones denies report of Manziel draft drama

VALLEY RANCH — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has denied a report that claims his son Stephen took a particularly bold step to stop him from drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"That didn't happen," said Jones during his radio show on KRLD-FM.

In a new book, titled "Manziel Mania," author Jim Dent wrote that Stephen "snatched the draft card straight out of his dad's hand."

Jones added that with a live feed of the Cowboys draft room shown on the team's website, such a move is unlikely. "We're well aware that there are a lot of people looking at us in that room," he said. "You'd think we could act a little more organized than that."

Besides, there are no cards at the Cowboys' facility. They're turned in by a team employee attending the draft in New York.

Jones did shed more light into his decision-making process on Manziel though, saying that Stephen certainly aided him in deciding to pass on the Heisman winner when he fell down the draft board and was available while the Cowboys were on the clock.

"Figuratively speaking, it got close to that," Jerry Jones said, when speaking specifically about the card-snatching quote. "It certainly was a big debate going on, at no place else other than my mind. Because, ultimately, that was the bottom line -- being behind Romo for those years and whether or not that was the best way to use that pick."

The Cowboys instead took offensive lineman Zach Martin out of Notre Dame with the 16th overall pick in this year's draft.


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