The coin flip was necessary because the teams both finished at 8-8 and had the same strength of schedule as the combined winning percentage of each team’s opponents was .484. The Ravens will pick 17.
The toss featured a coin with the Cowboys logo on one side and the Ravens emblem on the other.
“We are pretty pleased,” said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. The last time Dallas picked at No. 16, 1961, the team finished 4-9-1.
If he falls that far, LeBron James said he thought that the Cowboys should consider drafting Johnny Manziel, despite the prescience of quarterback Tony Romo in Dallas.
“That would be great,” James told the Dallas Morning News. "That would be great. It’s a winning franchise and Johnny Football is an unbelievable football player."
James was asked if he had any advice for Romo.
“Just don’t care what everybody thinks. If you care about your craft, and at the end of the day if you went out there and you gave it everything you had and you laid it out on the line for your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night,” James said. “Don’t watch ESPN and all these so-called everyone knows what to do that ain’t never put on a uniform, that’s trying to tell you what to do.”
“It’s not about that. I think Tony’s at a point now in his career where he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks we have in our game because of his work ethic. Nobody woke him up in the morning to go to practice. Nobody told him to go to ETAs. Nobody told him to stay after practice and throw to his receivers. He just goes out there and does it. We all make mistakes at the end of the day, but if you work on your game you can live with that.”