No shortage of chatter for months about the Cowboys getting a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft to be the back-up and possible heir to Tony Romo. The Cowboys waited until the fourth round to grab someone on the board, selecting Dak Prescott from Mississippi State.
Prescott was the best quarterback in Bulldogs history, holding all of the major passing records for the school. Many felt he could’ve been a second or third round pick. He did falter weeks before the draft, arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Prescott did apologize but that could have contributed to sliding into the middle rounds.
Upside: Excellent awareness with a strong arm. Continues to show a level of growth as a passer and was mentally tough enough to carry a heavy offensive workload for the Bulldogs over the last three years.
Downside: Still a raw passer and lacks consistency. Worry that he depends too much on his legs for an NFL-type quarterback. He took plenty of hits at Mississippi State due to poor protection.
Prescott has the NFL size, mobility and arm. Cowboys could utilize him on short-yard packages right away.
Written by C. James