Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott ended up being drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. But to hear SI.com’s Peter King tell it, Michigan State’s Connor Cook nearly was the Cowboys’ choice in the fourth round after the team’s attempts to trade up to draft Memphis’ Paxton Lynch in the first round were unsuccessful.
Per King’s reporting after a weekend spent with the Cowboys:
“On day three, Dallas sat at pick 101, the third pick in the fourth round. Cleveland owned picks 99 and 100. The Cowboys favored Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook marginally over Prescott. Cleveland wasn’t going to take a quarterback, having just taken USC passer Cody Kessler near the end of round three. So the Cowboys offered Cleveland next year’s sixth-round pick to move up from 101 to 100. The Browns said no. Then the Cowboys offered this year’s sixth-round pick. The Browns said no. Cleveland took picks 114 and 154 from Oakland, and the Raiders jumped Dallas and picked Cook.
“Bummer. But Jerry Jones and Garrett recalled Roger Staubach talking to them about quarterbacks a month or so ago, telling them leadership and belief in self were so vital to a quarterback’s fate. And Prescott has both, plentifully. So we’ll see what happens with these two quarterbacks. Three, if you include the other one Dallas wanted, the one wearing orange in Denver.”
Surely there are many stories like this where players would have ended up in different places if not for other forces. But it will be interesting to see how it does work out for the former Mississippi State star in Big D, where Tony Romo remains entrenched as the Cowboys’ starter.