It seems obvious now, but how did so many NFL teams miss on Dak Prescott?
In a detailed long-read Friday on Bleacher Report, NFL columnist Dan Pompei breaks down the drafting of Prescott, the Mississippi State star, who fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (135 overall).
The three myths presented by Pompei had to do with his needing to be in a shotgun spread attack like he was in Starkville, his lack of an NFL arm, and character concerns that would derail his pro career.
A front-runner for NFL Rookie of the Year, Prescott is on his way to debunking those myths.
Prescott said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett grilled him the most of anyone about his DUI in Starkville, which came shortly before the draft.
In the middle of talking about X’s and O’s during Prescott’s pre-draft visit, Garrett suddenly shifted the conversation.
“What was going on with the DUI?” he said abruptly.
Prescott answered him the way he answered everyone.
“I didn’t feel I was drunk,” he responded. “I had a couple drinks at the bar. I know eyes were on me. I got in my truck and hit the gas. I was speeding. But I wasn’t drunk. I put myself in a position I shouldn’t have.”
Good answer. But it didn’t suffice for Garrett.
The coach went on with more pointed and uncomfortable questioning:
“What the heck were you thinking? What would we be getting here?”
Prescott kept his cool, as he might while trying to bring his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit.
“I don’t know what else you want me to say,” he told Garrett. “This is what happened. I’m completely accountable for it. It’s not going to happen again.”
That was enough.
“He was so mature and matter-of-fact,” Garrett said. “He handled it so well. It was a very important part of our evaluation of him.”
Prescott showed poise in that meeting, just as he has this season.