The Dallas Cowboys selected Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott with their fourth round (No. 135 overall) selection on Saturday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 226 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com ranks Prescott as the No. 97 overall player on the board, and the No. 5 quarterback end on the board.
The skinny: The most decorated player in Mississippi State history, and that's not hyperbole. He owns 38 different MSU school records, including 15 career records and 15 single-season records. He was the All-SEC First Team quarterback in 2014 and 2015. By the end of his career he became the fourth player in FBS to throw for 70 career touchdown passes and rush for 40 career touchdowns. His 11,897 yards of total offense is third all-time in the SEC. In March Prescott was arrested for DUI, but otherwise he's hasn't had serious bumps in the road off the field.
What Cowboys are getting: A player that most scouts believe has the right tools to be a starting NFL quarterback. He has the arm strength to get the ball downfield and he has the build to withstand NFL punishment. His ability to make things happen with his arm and his legs made Prescott a target of several teams entering the draft. Accuracy downfield may be a concern, as the Bulldogs asked Prescott to throw more short passes in 2015, which accounted for his increase in completion numbers. Still in 2014 Prescott completed 61.6 percent of his passes. As with most quarterbacks taken in the middle rounds, scouts point out that Prescott's decision-making and anticipation need to improve.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: B-minus
Postins’ Take: You get a player graded on Scout.com's board as a Top 100 player with pick 135 and you're talking about good value. The Cowboys certainly put in the work with Prescott, as he was one of only a handful of players to have at least three documented visits with the Cowboys during the scouting process. Knowing Jerry Jones and company, they're quite intrigued with Prescott's physicality at the position and his ability to run, either by design or when flushed out. When you watch tape you see that, plus his ability to manage the position, which isn't NFL-ready but is certainly built on a good foundation. I admit — I am not as high as others on Prescott. He doesn't fit Jason Garrett's offensive philosophy, which calls for a true pocket passer. Prescott's transition to working more under the center is going to be key to whether Prescott can eventually be a starter in Dallas because Garrett doesn't install much movement for the quarterback in his offense. Prescott is just the third quarterback drafted by Dallas this century — Quincy Carter and Stephen McGee were the others, and Prescott is clearly more talented than those two players. Plus, if all goes the way Jerry says it will, Prescott will have time to develop. Considering the Cowboys landed Prescott with a compensatory pick, there is little to be unhappy about here, especially if Prescott develops into what the Cowboys believe he can become.
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