Coming from a spread offense at Mississippi State, Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott didn’t have much film to prove to NFL teams that he could play from under center.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, they were afforded the chance to work with Prescott at the Senior Bowl in February, and even then he did well enough handling snaps to ease any worries the Cowboys might have had. Last month, they spent a fourth round pick on him.
Which isn’t to say he doesn’t need more work on that part of his game going forward.
"It’s something that some guys can do right away and other guys it seems like it’s a little more of a transition," Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said, per ESPN Dallas. "The one thing we felt great about with Dak is that, even in the Senior Bowl, it didn’t look like it was an issue. I’ve seen some of those guys come in there and bobble snaps and it’s like, ‘Man, it’s going to take a while.’ With him, it looked like he had always been there. I think that speaks a lot about how hard he worked and has been working on something he doesn’t do a lot. I also think he’s a natural athlete who gets how it works.
"We’ve got to work on it and spend time with it, but I don’t think it’s going to be an issue with him."
Prescott himself is feeling good about his development as a snap-taker.
"It won’t be anything here before too long, that I won’t have to think about it," Prescott said. "I’ll just be out there playing and reacting more than anything. It’s more getting my feet together. I don’t even necessarily need a center. I can have somebody snapping me the ball, getting my drop, transferring my weight into my throws."