Dak Prescott is one of the more interesting names in this year's draft class. Up until conference play in 2014, Prescott was arguably the leader for the Heisman. And while his play dwindled off towards the end of the 2014 season, Prescott has made a ton of strides since then, now showing that he is capable of being Day 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
I think the Dallas Cowboys go quarterback early, but if they want a few rounds, Prescott becomes an option because of his inexperience and how he needs more tutelage and seasoning before becoming the real deal.
Nevertheless, Prescott provides a ton of optimism at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, showing the intelligence and leadership skills that successful quarterbacks intangibly have. Let's dive into the tape and see how Prescott projects to the NFL.
The first thing I noticed about Prescott is his ability to throw accurately outside the numbers. This was the first throw that stood out to me when I threw on Prescott's tape.
Because of his size and his athleticism, Prescott will draw some comparisons to a guy like Cam Newton. I wouldn't call Prescott a running quarterback, but the fact that he can do this adds an extra element to his game. This is what happens when you get in Dak's way.
On top of putting good velocity on the football, Prescott has a solid deep ball to his arsenal. That's on full display here when he puts the ball just out of reach of the defender as well as in stride with his receiver.
Here's another throw where Prescott shows off his deep-ball accuracy.
Prescott deals with his fair share of inconsistencies nonetheless. This is a throw I'd like to see him make with more consistency.
If it's a trend, I'm going to continue to hit on it. This is just another example of Prescott's deep-ball. Compared to 2014, his ball placement has improved tremendously.
Prescott is a curious case in this draft. He does flash the capabilities of being a dynamic NFL quarterback, both in the passing game and in the running game. However, Prescott's inconsistencies are quite alarming. Also, it must be made known that Prescott had one of the best weapons in college football at his arsenal in De'Runnya Wilson.
How does Prescott fit in Dallas? If Dallas wants to become more athletic in terms of their offensive philosophy, I think Prescott is the best pick. He flashes the ability with his arm and he shows a ton of talent on the ground as well. If a team is wise with Prescott, they will draft him and let him sit for a few seasons. That's where Prescott can succeed with the Cowboys.
Games watched: Texas A&M, NC State, LSU, and Alabama (2014).
Next up on the docket: Ezekiel Elliott, marking the first running back of the series.
Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys
As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, teams are beginning to hold their official visits with prospects of their own choosing. The Cowboys have already met with a few different prospects thus far, and they've reportedly added a linebacker to that list this week.
Multiple reports are saying the Cowboys will meet with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this week, adding him to the list of 30 potential visits.
BoiseState LB Leighton Vander Esch will be a pre-draft visitor for the #Cowboys. Add him to your list of 30, per Tony Pauline.
Vander Esch is a bit of a controversial prospect in the draft world. As I've stated before, he tested like a freak athletically, and his combine profile alone would put him in the discussion on day one. The problems I have with Vander Esch have nothing to do with his athleticism, however, and everything to do with his actual football-playing ability.
On film, I see a player who struggles to get off blocks and will have trouble finding a home with the Cowboys. Still, I wouldn't mind the Cowboys drafting Vander Esch - that pick cannot come in the first round though.
Vander Esch is a long, rangy, and athletic linebacker who is at his best playing laterally and tracking down plays. As a blitzer, Vander Esch has some rather clear issues. He often runs directly into blocks and is unable to shed at the point of attack. I also don't think he is as instinctual a player as some of the other linebackers in this class, such as BYU's Fred Warner or Alabama's Rashaan Evans.
The way things are looking, however, Vander Esch is going to be a first round pick. And if not, he'll almost certainly be a top 50 pick. I wouldn't be very comfortable taking him at 19, and I'd have to think twice before even taking him at 50 for that matter.
2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.
It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today
With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.
Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.
If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.
Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.
Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.
Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.
Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”
Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.
The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.
That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.
Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.
First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.
DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.
An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.
With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.
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