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2014 NFL Draft: Cowboys pass on Manziel, go safe route with Martin

By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst

Draft coverage: Draft picks and grades | Prospect Rankings | Mock drafts | News

The NFL world wondered, if QB Johnny Manziel falls to the Dallas Cowboys at pick No. 16, could Jerry Jones withstand the temptation and pass?

Manziel did fall. And Jones passed.

The Cowboys selected Notre Dame OL Zack Martin with the 16th pick, arguably the “safest” pick in this draft class. The four-year starting left tackle for the Irish will likely move inside to guard for the Cowboys and helps strengthen an offensive line that has an impressive young nucleus of Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and now Martin -- three first-round picks.

While not flashy, Martin has excellent tape and it's tough to find holes in his game. His strong base, aggressive punch and graduate level understanding of how to live in the trenches is why I think he has multiple Pro Bowls in his future.

If Manziel goes on to Pro Bowls of his own, Cowboys fans won't forget that Martin was the pick instead of Johnny Football. But regardless of Manziel's pro future, Martin was the wise choice for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

Tony Romo can take a sigh of relief.

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