INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Dallas Cowboys have scheduled an interview with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for Friday night at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Even though it is unlikely that the Cowboys would be able to draft Manziel with the 16th pick during the NFL draft in May, they will conduct the 15-minute interview anyway. The team is only allowed to interview 60 players during the Combine.
“Me growing up as a Cowboys fan -- I was born at halftime of a Cowboys game -- that would almost be a folktale in the correct direction,” Manziel told the Star-Telegram last week when asked about the possibility of the Cowboys drafting him. “We'd have to call that Johnny something else. I don’t know what it would be.”
Most NFL experts expect that Manziel will be a top-four pick and he could even end up as the No. 1 overall selection. Nevertheless, Dallas owner Jerry Jones is a fan of Manziel’s skills and feels that interviewing the young man is worth a shot, especially because the mobile quarterback grew up as a Cowboys fan.
“I met after one of our games and I just said, ‘Congratulations,’” Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News.
“He’s a great football player and someone I admire a great deal. If you’re a fan of football and you watch Texas A&M play, he’s something else. He’s done an amazing job in a short period of time during his career for that program. He’s really fun to watch…Certainly everybody is excited to see where he goes and what he does because he is such a great football player.”
The Cowboys signed current QB Tony Romo to a six-year, $108 million extension in March 2013.
[Star-Telegram] [Dallas Morning News]