Scouting the NFL Draft: QB Dak Prescott

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Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi St.
Ht. 6'2", Wt. 226, Arm: 32 ¼", Hand: 10 ⅞", Bench: -
40 yd: 4.79, 10 yd.: 1.66, 3 Cone: 7.11, Vertical: 32.5", Broad: 9'8"
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Mississippi State took the Tim Tebow route with Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott, using him primarily as their short-yardage and redzone quarterback before turning him loose. They continued working him into the mix during his sophomore season in 2013 before he took over full time in 2014. His junior season was one of the best in school history as he passed for nearly 3,500 yards and 27 TDs, rushed for more than 900 yards and 14 TDs and was the Bulldogs' first finalist for the Maxwell, O'Brien and Unitas awards.

Prescott appeared to be working on developing as a quarterback in 2015 and he finished the year toward the top of the SEC in most passing categories. He left Mississippi State with 38 school records and twice earned All-America honors. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player at the Senior Bowl in January.

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Strengths

• Size - Adequate height and sturdy frame
• Hands - No draftable QB had larger hands
• Running - Power, patience, finds lanes
• Comfortable in Pocket - Stands in, makes reads
• Delivery - Quick and consistent
• In-Pocket Movement - Stays clean, keeps eyes downfield
• Extends Plays - Moves well, doesn't immediately run
• Upside - Showed improvement, flashed NFL ability
• Toughness - Will hold up physically in the NFL

Weaknesses

• Ball Placement - Erratic accuracy
• Arm Strength - Barely adequate
• Inconsistency - Feet
• Rushes Delivery - Short step leads to high throws
• Timing - Must improve route anticipation
• Subtleties - Still learning the position
• On Move - Inconsistent throwing mechanics

Verdict: Fifth-Round Pick

Prescott looked to be an NFL player as a running back only before he showed significant improvement as a passer in 2015. Now he looks like a right-handed Tim Tebow that has shown the ability and desire to improve as a quarterback. He needs to work on his mechanics and consistency, but he made made several "wow" throws and displayed some of the traits required to be an NFL quarterback.

In an ideal world, the quarterback the Cowboys draft will have two years to learn behind Tony Romo. Realistically, though, the team needs someone with the upside of a starter who can step in and contribute immediately. While Prescott does offer some immediate value to certain NFL teams, his upside alone isn't enough to justify the Cowboys spending anything earlier than a fifth rounder on him.

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