With the 2016 NFL Draft a little over a month and a half away, rumors are heating up regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their potential selection with the No. 4 pick. While the Cowboys have been linked to California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff and North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz for the past few months, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has recently stated the team will not draft a quarterback with the No. 4 pick. Even though Jones is denying that the Cowboys will draft Goff or Wentz, certain NFL experts and analysts believe that he is buffing.
As seen in an interview on the Dallas Morning News, NFL draft expert Mel Kiper still thinks there is a strong possibility that the team takes a quarterback in the opening round.
“Goff could go — at 6’4″, now 215, I like the way he spins it, I like his maneuverability in the pocket — I think he could go to Dallas, or he could go to San Francisco or his ceiling may be the L.A. Rams at 15.”
As seen in Kiper’s latest mock draft on ESPN, he believes the Cleveland Browns will select Wentz with the No. 2 pick. If the Browns do select Wentz, that leaves the Cowboys with the option to draft Goff with the No. 4 pick. Since the the Tennessee Titans already have their quarterback in Marcus Mariota, they will not be selecting Goff or Wentz with the No. 1 overall pick. With the No. 3 overall pick, the San Diego Chargers are also not in the market to draft a young quarterback.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Goff has been linked to numerous teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns. When Goff was viewed as the top quarterback in the upcoming draft, there was even a rumor going around that the Cowboys would trade for the No. 1 overall pick in order to draft him. While the San Francisco 49ers are still a potential team to trade up ahead of the Dallas Cowboys in order to take one of the quarterbacks, the Philadelphia Eagles are likely not going to take a quarterback in the opening round.
While Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going to be 36-years-old at the start of the 2016 season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still believes that he has at least another four or five years left of football, as reported by the Washington Post.
“What is the one unequivocal fact that you can count on relative to the preparation of this draft and on draft day is that I’m planning on [Tony] Romo being the quarterback for the next four or five years. That’s a fact. You won’t see a decision on draft day that will fly in the face of not believing, from our standpoint, that he’ll be our quarterback for four or five years.”
As one of the most loyal owners in professional sports, it makes sense that he is publicly endorsing his long-time signal caller. While Romo has been an elite quarterback for Jones and the Cowboys over the past decade, he is becoming more and more prone to injuries. Romo is apparently going to be healthy for the 2016 season, but it is unlikely that he makes it through the entire season.
While drafting Wentz or Goff would not likely help the Cowboys in 2016 in the event that Romo has to miss time, the team has to start thinking about their future at quarterback. In Romo’s absence last season, the Cowboys had one of the worst offenses in the entire NFL. While some of the poor play can be attributed to Dez Bryant’s injury, the quarterback play was below average at best.
In not drafting Johnny Manziel a few years ago, Jones and the Cowboys dodged a bullet. Regardless, the team is expected to be better this season, so it is unlikely that the Cowboys will be drafting as high as they are this year. While Goff and Wentz may not be the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, they still may be the team’s best chance to find their future franchise quarterback.
With the NFL draft only a month and a half away, rumors will likely continue to come out linking the Dallas Cowboys with top college quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Even though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denies that the team will select a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick, do not be surprised if they go in that direction.
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