Shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft, longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel man turned NFL media analyst Gil Brandt praised his old team’s selection of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the 4th round highly, saying he saw a whole lot of upside in the first QB drafted by the team since 2009.
Apparently, a visit to Cowboys OTAs has only further convinced Brandt of Prescott’s upside.
“The Cowboys knew Prescott would be a work in progress, but I'm not sure they expected it to come this quickly,” Brandt wrote on NFL.com recently. “Credit should go to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson for getting Prescott up to speed so quickly.”
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Brandt specifically pointed out Prescott’s work under center. At Mississippi State, Prescott worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun, which created some concern that he’d struggle with the transition to taking the ball under center, as he’ll be asked in the NFL.
“… But when he did get in there he looked like someone who had taken the ball from under center all of his life,” Brandt said. “He made several good sight adjustments in passing drills and his mechanics were very sound. He also showed natural leadership qualities; players gravitate toward him and seem to genuinely like him.”