An NFC area scout said Wednesday that he’d prefer Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott over the only starting quarterback to ever win the College Football Playoff.
“He’s big and he can move,” the scout said, according to NFL.com. “He’s just OK as a downfield passer but he takes care of the ball. I would take him before Cardale (Jones) for sure. He might sneak into the second day (of the draft).”
Last season, Jones took over in the final three games of Ohio State’s season and led the Buckeyes to three straight wins and a national championship. During those three games, Jones averaged 247 yards through the air, 30 yards on the ground and two touchdowns per game.
As Mississippi State’s starter for the entirety of the 2014 season, Prescott averaged 265 yards throwing, 76 yards rushing and just more than three touchdowns per game. Decision-making seemed to be his only flaw, as Prescott had 11 interceptions on just under 400 attempts.
This season, Prescott has shifted his style of play, however. The senior has not been as quick to scramble, trying instead to assert himself as a pocket passer. His rushing yards per game are down to 46, but he’s thrown 18 touchdowns and just one interception in 300 passes.
In Columbus this year, Ohio State has alternated between starting Jones and J.T. Barrett under center. Barrett was the starter last season until he was injured and Jones replaced him in excellent fashion. Maybe because of the uncertainty that’s accompanied this season, Jones’ numbers have fallen off. He’s thrown for just eight touchdowns in nine games, but also tossed five picks.
While Prescott will be entering the draft at the end of the season, Jones still has one more year of eligibility if he decides to postpone the NFL. If he does declare this year, however, at least one NFC scout doesn’t see that harming Prescott’s chances.