Cowboys Should be Happy to “Settle” for Dak Prescott

    The 2016 draft class is here, and it covers just about everything we expected it to. After their premier fourth overall pick was used on , a move that will help Dallas dominate time of possession and keep the off the field, the bulk of the team's remaining picks were spent on stacking that very defensive unit.

    Jaylon Smith and Maliek Collins highlighted the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and three of the four picks the Cowboys had in the fourth round also went towards the defense.

    help was provided by Oklahoma's Charles Tapper, while Anthony Brown and Kavon Frazier helped secure the .

    However, there is one fourth round pick that went towards the , and that is what I am here to talk about. We knew the Cowboys would be bringing in a at some point in this draft, and they chose to do so with the 135th overall pick by way of Mississippi State's Dak Prescott. 

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    Prescott was apparently the Cowboys' choice of signal callers only after they missed out on , who went to the Broncos, and – who went to the with the 100th overall pick.

    The Raiders traded up into this spot, a pick ahead of the Cowboys, to select Cook before and Co. grabbed .

    Of course, none of this would have been possible if overpaid for a move up to select Paxton Lynch.

    Lynch would have certainly cost the Cowboys , who easily could turn out to be the steal of this draft. A top-5 talent before his , adding him at 100% with Ezekiel Elliott in the same draft would immediately put the Cowboys near the top of any .

    The next picks that would need to be given up were those used on Collins or Tapper. Dallas' needs as much help as it can get, so adding Elliott along with the 3-tech DT Collins at 67 was definitely the way to go. Tapper's pick (101) was apparently more up for grabs, which is scary considering he was the only defensive end brought in.

    Additionally, if not for the Raiders move up into the fourth round's second pick, the Cowboys could have used Tapper's spot on Michigan State's Cook. All in favor of walking away from this draft with 0 rushers and 1 troubled back-up QB?

    That's what I thought…

    should be incredibly happy to “settle” for . A full time starter in 2014 and 2015 for the SEC's Mississippi State, his completion percentage increased from 61.6% to 66.2% over these two seasons. Prescott's decision making was also improved, as the numbers show a 27/11 TD to interception ratio in 2014 followed by a 29/5 performance this past year.

    Then there are the intangible things that will help Prescott develop as a potential starter for down the line. His 2014 Miss. St. Bulldogs team was a hot commodity through the middle part of their season, as they shot up to the #1 team in the country for the first time ever.

    During this 3 week run as the top team in the nation, Prescott completed 60.7% of his passes against tough SEC competition. While things fell apart for the team down the stretch, losing two of their last three games to Alabama and rival , Prescott handled the pressure of bringing his school into the foreground of SEC and – becoming a potential Heisman Trophy target.

    The same high-pressure moments, week in and week out, did not exist for Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook. Lynch never faced top competition at Memphis in his QB-friendly offense, and Cook struggled in some of his team's biggest games.

    Against the National Championship winning Alabama defense during the 2015 CFB Semifinals, Cook completed 19 passes on 39 attempts, failing to throw a touchdown and adding two picks in Michigan State's 38-0 loss. The week prior, to get the Spartans into the , Cook was on the right end of a 16-13 conference championship game win against Iowa – despite completing just 50% of his passes for no touchdowns and one interception.

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    Connor Cook, now with the Raiders, has a long path ahead of him if he hopes to one day lead a NFL franchise. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    Add in his off the field issues, and it becomes clear that the haul as a whole is perfect right where it is – with QB Dak Prescott potentially securing the future at his position.

    Prescott grew up a Cowboys fan, and likely has a chip on his shoulder that he lasted up until the fourth round. However, they say some matches are made in heaven, and I feel that Prescott to Dallas is certainly one of them.

    Being able to sit behind for a few seasons will help Dak out greatly, as he slowly adjusts to the NFL level of competition. Dual-threat quarterbacks are the newest trend in this pass-happy league, and it appears to be here to stay.

    The Cowboys have themselves one in Dak Prescott, who could be ready to show the league his full potential in just a few years.

    So, for every time an opposing QB playing against the Cowboys takes a beating in the fourth quarter – provided by Charles Tapper and – due to their team trailing with little time remaining (we love you already, Zeke), take a moment to look over to the sidelines and find Dak Prescott taking it all in. The 6'2″ signal caller will be patiently waiting for his opportunity to shine with on the side of his helmet.

    Then, remember how it could have gone so horribly, horribly wrong, if the Cowboys landed Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook.

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martin
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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    I don't think anybody could have said that any better! Dak never did beat Alabama, but neither did A LOT of QB's.. He definitely came a lot closer than Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook ever did. Dak has the intangibles that will make him successful. He has the work ethic and desire to improve that not many people today have. He is charismatic and is a good leader once he's earned that role, but he's also good at knowing his role and doing the best that he can at whatever he needs to do.


    Well done! Not going to lie I was hoping for a move up for lynch, however now knowing what we all know I can't agree with this post more! Do I think Dak is the heir to the throne?! Time will tell , but at least we've got that has high upside and it didn't cost much to try and and tap into it

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