MOBILE, Ala. — When Dak Prescott arrived at Mississippi State five years ago, he didn’t know how to read a defensive end on basic option plays.
As Bulldogs fans are well aware, the former Heisman Trophy candidate overcame a raw skill set to help bring Starkville a No. 1 ranking for the first time in its history. While his senior season ended with four losses, Prescott left the university with two degrees and countless records.
Now, he’s starting from square one again.
The NFL requires several things from its quarterback prospects — snaps under center, specific footwork, etc. — that Prescott did not need to deal with at Mississippi State.
When teams ask him how he will overcome these new obstacles, he has a pointed response.
“You just give me a playbook,” Prescott said Tuesday night. “I’ll study it. I’ll draw it up on my own, and I’ll be ready for practice the next day.”
Most draft pundits list the former Bulldogs star as a mid-round option.
Some liken him to Super Bowl quarterbacks Cam Newton and Russell Wilson, and he sees himself in the same mold: Able to make all the throws, avoid pressure and use designed run plays to keep defenses off balance.
Another comparison — Tim Tebow — has followed him around for the past couple years.
Prescott shied away from likening himself to the national champion and Heisman Trophy winner who couldn’t stick at the professional level.
“That connection really comes from the offense, the coach; maybe even the uniform number,” Prescott said. “And the leadership ability. Tim Tebow is a great leader, so to be compared to him in that way — I’ll take that.”
He has two more practices in front of executives, coaches and scouts before Saturday’s game (2:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).
Prescott said teams have been telling him there are no questions about his arm, mobility or leadership. They’re looking for one simple thing.
“I don’t know if they’re being polite with me or not,” Prescott says with a grin. “But I guess just taking those snaps from under the center.”