The Dallas Cowboys haven’t hidden their interest in drafting a quarterback to groom during the final years of Tony Romo’s prime. After striking out on trading up to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, Jerry Jones and his Cowboys honed in on Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott.
Prescott was drafted in the fourth round and now will get the opportunity to learn and develop under a great offensive coach, Jason Garrett, and Romo. Jones said Prescott will have a great opportunity to grow in Dallas.
“To be here when Romo is here is a whale of an opportunity for the development of a young quarterback,” Jones said, according to USA Today’s Eric Prisbell. “This year was important to start, if you will, down the road of developing a young quarterback.”
The most decorated player in Mississippi State’s history will get that opportunity. Prescott threw for 3,793 yards, 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions and rushed for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior season with the Bulldogs. His dual-threat abilities and his success at Mississippi State were also attractive qualities to the Cowboys.
“We wanted to get a young, developmental guy in here,” Garrett said, according to the report. “You have to look at his production first. He won a lot of games at Mississippi State. Physically, he is big, he’s strong. He can throw, he can run. He is a very experienced player.”
Prescott may be forgotten during his rookie season and maybe the next year or two after that. But, if all goes well, Prescott will quickly refresh everyone’s memories as the eventual starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.