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Dak Prescott | Quarterback

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 226

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said that "it doesn't really mean anything to [him]" that Dallas attempted to trade back into the first round to select Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.
And it shouldn't matter to Prescott. Paxton Lynch is a Denver Bronco and Dak Prescott is a Dallas Cowboy. That is all that really counts here. Said the 6-foot-2, 226-pound fourth-round gunslinger, "I’m sure I wasn’t the first one on Mississippi State’s recruiting board when I committed to them. But everything works out and happens for a reason." He has no qualms with sitting on the bench behind Tony Romo for an extended period of time as he learns the NFL ropes. "I think all of us rookies need to develop to be better NFL players at this point. If that means developing for a year or two years, sitting behind Romo," Prescott explained, "I’m ready to learn everything I can from him and follow him on and off the field, just the way he carries himself as a pro." Sat, May 7, 2016 07:49:00 PM

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Cowboys selected Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Prescott (6'2/226) earned first-team All-SEC in each of his final two seasons, rewriting the Mississippi State record books with a career 62.8 completion percentage, 8.02 YPA and 70:23 TD:INT ratio. He added 41 career rushing scores and went 23-10 as a starter. With huge hands (10 7/8"), plus mobility and NFL-level arm strength, Prescott would've generated more pre-draft buzz if he weren't so squeamish in the pocket and threw with better anticipation. Compared by ESPN's Ron Jaworski to Donovan McNabb coming out of Syracuse, Prescott has big-league tools but needs refinement. With a year or three of development, Prescott has a chance to grow into an NFL starter.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 01:56:00 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes that Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott's exposure to SEC defenses matters to his NFL evaluation.

"[Prescott] is raw, and it will take time, but he has performed at a high level in a big-time conference. That matters," Prisco wrote. In SEC play last season, the Bulldog bulldozer threw for 2,528 yards (67.1% completions) with a 17/4 TD/INT ratio. Prisco went on to note that "[f]or a team like the Denver Broncos in the second or third round, he would make a lot of sense."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 12:01:00 AM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel questioned Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott's vision on deep passes.

"[Prescott] motivated that team, held guys accountable. I just don't see the vision downfield. He's a very streaky thrower," the scout said. He also offered a few more positive words, noting that "there will be a place for him in this league" and that he would take Prescott over Tim Tebow. We would take a random Rotoworld writer over Tim Tebow, so that isn't exactly world-shattering. Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel went a bit beyond that piece of pale praise in saying that "[t]he guy's just a winner. He's got patience, focus, makes quick decisions, good arm strength, nice touch, stands tall in the pocket under pressure." Prescott visited the Eagles, Bills and Cowboys last week. You can probably check off Philly from his list of potential teams following their trade for the No. 2 pick, though we wouldn't call it an impossible fit. The Redskins pulled off Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in the same draft.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 06:10:00 PM

The Eagles put Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott through a mock press conference at his pre-draft visit.

"They wanted to get a feel for how I would represent the team. Obviously as a quarterback, you're going to be the face of an organization, so it was important to them to see how I would react to different questions. That was the most unique thing I've done (at a visit)," Prescott said. So, of course, Prescott received some fastballs from Philadelphia's brass, including a question about his March DUI charge. "They also threw in some football questions about plays they run, so it varied," Prescott said. "I think the idea was to see how I would handle myself in an unpredictable situation. When I was done, they said I did a really good job."
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Per NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott is visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Last week, Prescott's visit schedule included the Eagles, Bills and Cardinals. This week, the Cowboys are on the docket. They have likely been priced out of a quarterback at No. 4 (though they could still surprise if, say, Carson Wentz fell to them), but are exploring their options with possible mid-round gunslingers. Prescott would fit that bill, as they could sit him on the bench for development while Tony Romo leads the charge over the next few seasons.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 12:37:00 PM

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski sees Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott as similar to Donovan McNabb.

"Dak Prescott is a guy that I really, really like," Jaworski said. "He reminds me to a certain degree of Donovan McNabb, coming out of Syracuse. He had that mobility, played in that unique style of offense, had a lot of play-action. I'm telling you, Prescott has been very impressive with his ability to throw the football." Jags HC Gus Bradley, who coached Prescott at the Senior Bowl, is also high on Prescott. "One of the things I can tell you about him is he’s a natural leader," Bradley said. "The guys really gravitated towards him. I was very impressed with him as far as how he handled himself, his natural leadership, and his skill set."
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott visited the Cardinals on Thursday.

Some teams really seem to like Prescott as a backup option if they are unable to snag one of the draft's four best quarterbacks. Arizona likely won't devote a premium pick to select a quarterback, but Prescott suits their purposes just fine as a developmental prospect.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott will visit the Eagles, Bills and Cardinals this week.

Tip of the cap to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport for reporting these visits. Prescott took his visit to the Eagles on Monday, with the Bills up next on Tuesday, followed by the Cardinals on Thursday. While he is generally viewed as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection, the Pro Football Focus analysis team is less convinced. They caution that the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder is more deserving of a late-round pick. That's at least in part because the outlet is weary of whether he truly has the pinpoint accuracy necessary to beat tighter NFL coverage.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 08:51:00 PM

Pro Football Focus says Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott is a late Day 3 developmental prospect, not the third-rounder he's currently considered.

"He needs to improve his location, in particular, struggling to beat tight coverage at every level of the defense," PFF noted. "Prescott can hit open receivers, but fails to show the kind of precision to complete tough throws into coverage." The site believes he should be considered a game manager, because Prescott has a series of traits around average but none that are elite. Sure, Prescott threw only five picks last year, but PFF notes that 11 potential interceptions were dropped by opponents. The site also doesn't like how he played the worst in big spots, with the Ole Miss and Alabama tapes mentioned. "Prescott should only be considered towards the end of the draft," PFF concluded.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 05:48:00 PM insider Ian Rapoport reports that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is traveling to meet with the Broncos on Tuesday.

We already knew that Prescott would be meeting with the Broncos at some point prior to the draft. "Some point," in this case, being April 5. Denver has been in trade talks with the 49ers regarding QB Colin Kaepernick, but those conversations have yet to draw blood and it makes sense that the Super Bowl champs would investigate another running, athletic gunslinger. He met with the Cowboys last week and has also worked out with the Cardinals.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 08:24:00 PM

A Football Outsiders advanced study ranked Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott "far ahead" of Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg.

The QBASE system gives Prescott a 45-percent chance of being "at least an adequate starter." According to ESPN, that ranking gives Prescott "enough upside to make him worth a Day 2 draft pick." The study loved Prescott so much because he consistently produced against elite defenses without a great supporting cast.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 07:29:00 PM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott has a meeting scheduled with the Broncos in early April.

Of late, it's been the Cardinals and Cowboys giving Prescott legitimate attention. He worked out with Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson on Monday, saying, "I feel like I know a couple of staffs pretty well, staffs I have a good feeling about, and the Cowboys are definitely one of them." As for the Cardinals' involvement here, the 6-foot-2, 226-pound draft-hopeful went through a private workout with the club on Wednesday. He indicated that Cards QB coach Freddie Kitchens focused on footwork and counted the proceedings as a success. Said Prescott, "I thought I threw the ball really well that day." Predictably, both clubs asked him about his DUI charge from earlier in March, with Prescott taking responsibility and calling it a "learning situation." In addition to his upcoming meeting with the Broncos, he also has visits set with the Bills, Seahawks and (once again) Cardinals.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 12:31:00 PM insider Ian Rapoport reports that Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott has a private workout scheduled with the Cardinals for Wednesday.

Prescott was put through his paces by the Cowboys on Monday, presumably because Dallas is considering selecting a potential backup project behind peanut brittle-shouldered starter Tony Romo in the later rounds. The Cardinals could likewise be looking to add Prescott as a mid-to-late round backup to learn behind old person gunslinger Carson Palmer. Prescott got himself in hot water last weekend after being cited for a DUI Saturday morning and while that could ultimately end up scuttling him on some draft boards, there are clearly still teams who aren't being scared off given the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder's relatively clean overall reputation.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 06:44:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports that Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson will put Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott through a private workout on Monday in Starkville.

This is the third time Wilson will have gotten one-on-one time in with Prescott, with the first meeting coming at the Senior Bowl and the second coming at the Combine. "Coach Wilson just [talked] about what they expect me to do if I come in there, if it's to be in the backup role behind Tony Romo, how do I plan on approaching it and then just talking ball," Prescott said at the Combine. "They've been productive meetings. He told me their picks and told me that they're thinking about getting a quarterback with one of those picks. He was saying that if I work hard, things maybe could work out." Dallas has already said that they won't use a first-rounder on a quarterback. However, Jerry Jones is hot to get a developmental option behind Tony Romo and Kellen Moore. Prescott could be had in the middle rounds.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 04:30:00 PM