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Manziel to Cowboys? How it could impact the Bills

One of the most interesting facets to the 2014 NFL Draft is where former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be drafted. A polarizing player to college football fans and draft analysts everywhere, there's no stopping the range of opinions on him and his prospects for the pro game.

There is one simple truth with Manziel, however. One team, most likely in the first round, is going to label him as the quarterback of the future regardless of dissenting opinions made about him. There are rumors that Cleveland (4), Oakland (5), Tampa Bay (7) and Minnesota (8) could be interested in drafting him.

So what happens if he is still available past all of those picks?

Here's a news item to chew on if you're a fan of the Buffalo Bills. ESPN's Ed Werder today said that if Manziel was on the board at 16th overall, the Dallas Cowboys could very well take the Texas A&M quarterback.

Adding to that speculation is ProFootballTalk.com, who kicked it up a couple of notches. Mike Florio, who runs the uber popular football website, said that they believe if Manziel gets past Minnesota that the Cowboys might even trade up to get Manziel.

Why would the Cowboys want Manziel with an already competitive roster and a good quarterback? The Jones family appear to be publicly smitten with Manziel, after team VP Stephen Jones declared that he'd be a star in the league. Add in the fact that Tony Romo is 34 years old and has had issues with his back, it might not be far off to think the Cowboys could swing for a quarterback.

It's not hard to put two-and-two together to realize what that could mean for the Bills. Buffalo holds the ninth overall selection, one pick removed from that initial quarterback window. They're also ahead of Tennessee, who is also sniffing around the top quarterbacks available in 2014.

If the Cowboys are that interested in Manziel, and he gets past the Vikings at eighth overall, Doug Whaley could be getting a call from Jerry Jones. What would that deal yield for the Bills?

Buffalo would get 16th overall, 47th overall and perhaps one of Dallas's three tradeable seventh round picks. The Bills would be giving up 9th overall and their fourth-round pick, 109th overall. It would give the Bills three picks in the top 47, and four picks in the top 73.

The drawback, of course, is missing out on a player like North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron if the Bills like him as much as he thinks they do. There's a chance he could still be there, but it would be a risk.

Regardless, it's more food for thought and it might give the Bills another option on May 8.

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