Cowboys met with QBs Garoppolo, Fales

IRVING, Texas -- There is no question Johnny Manziel will be the most-talked about player of this year’s NFL draft, and there has been some connecting of the dots of the Texas A&M quarterback and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys talked with Manziel at the NFL scouting combine as a way of doing their homework, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones squashed any dream for those wanting the Cowboys to select Manziel.

“We’ll never see him,” Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. “We couldn't get there if we traded three drafts to get him. But he's an outstanding player. The area I feel the best about our chances in is at our quarterback. And I feel that way for the next several years. The only exception to that being injury.”

But who could really be in play for the Cowboys in the May draft?

According to a source, the Cowboys also met with Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and San Jose State’s David Fales at the combine.

While Garoppolo’s status is rising -- Bill Polian sees him as a first rounder -- he could be on the Cowboys’ radar in the second or third rounds. The Eastern Illinois tie with Tony Romo is intriguing. Both players won the Walter Payton Award as seniors. Garoppolo threw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013.

Fales was a two-year starter at San Jose State, playing for former Cowboys assistant Mike MacIntyre in 2012. He had 66 touchdown passes in his two seasons and had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He could be a possibility in the middle rounds.