Dak Prescott turned out to be the steal of the 2016 NFL Draft, being selected in the 4th round by the Dallas Cowboys.
After a preseason injury sidelined long-standing quarterback Tony Romo, Prescott took over and led the team to a NFC East title and ended up winning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
So why was the talented play-caller from Mississippi State, where he broke almost every school records for the quarterback position, not drafted earlier? Prescott has his own theory.
“I think that at the quarterback position it’s hard to judge what’s in someone’s heart and [in their mind],” Prescott said on The Rich Eisen Show. “I think that’s a lot of the game. If you watch Peyton Manning, you watch Tom Brady and all these guys that have had success in this league, they’ve won with their mind, they’ve won with their knowledge of the game. I think that’s something that’s hard to judge. They’ve won by being good leaders. I think that’s something that is truly hard to judge in the little time [teams] are given in the draft process.”
Prescott earned instant respect from his teammates in Dallas, and showed the leadership that made him such a tough competitor in college.
“You can ask college coaches and college teammates and the equipment guys how [a player] acts, but for the most part every guy is going to be biased. I think [there were] hesitant [NFL] coaches that as high as Mississippi State had me that [those MSU staff members] were just biased rather than it’s true that that’s the way I am. I want to know everything about the game. I want to put my teammates first and push them to be better.”