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Is Dak Prescott The Best Rookie Quarterback In NFL History?

To say that the Dallas Cowboys were more lucky than good by drafting Dak Prescott would be an understatement. They used their second pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft for heaven sakes.

Who would have ever guessed the 135th overall draft pick would lead the Cowboys on a 10 game winning streak and regulate Tony Romo to backup duty?

The things that Dak Prescott has done since taking over as the starting quarterback for America’s Team is simply mind blowing. To think, this is coming from a player that was no better than third on the depth chart just four months ago.

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against WashingtonThrough the first 11 games of the 2016 season, Prescott has shown the poise, efficiency, and most importantly production of a veteran QB. He has by far outperformed any quarterback in the 2016 draft class, and perhaps any rookie QB in the history of the NFL.

To date, he has from for 2,835 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. He has also rushed for 180 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Those numbers alone will rival just about any rookie QB to ever play the game, but don’t forget he has only played in 11 games and there is still a lot of football left in the 2016 season.

Need more convincing?

Prescott is third in the NFL in both passer rating (108.6) and yards per attempt (8.34). That’s pretty impressive considering future Hall of Famer’s Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers don’t have passer ratings as high as Prescott.

If Dak Prescott continues the pace he is on through the remainder of the season, he will have approximately 4,200 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and a measly three interceptions. And that’s not even mentioning what he can accomplish as a runner.

It’s simply amazing when you think about it.

Here are some of the best season’s by a rookie QB for comparison sake:

Player Year Yards TDs Int.
Robert Griffin III 2012 3,200 20 5
Russell Wilson 2012 3,118 26 10
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 2,621 17 11
Dan Marino 1983 2,210 20 6

You may notice that RG3 has had arguably the best season by a rookie QB, but it’s kind of his only claim to fame so far in his professional career.

Injuries, the lack of development, or some other unknown factor have somehow derailed his career to the point where he might not get another chance to be a starting QB in the NFL.

Prescott’s numbers are similar already and that’s just through 11 games so far. He is still on pace to surpass RG3’s rookie numbers and there’s just something about him that leads me to believe he is just starting to scratch the surface of his true potential.

Cowboys Headlines - Is Dak Prescott The Best Rookie Quarterback In NFL History?Russell Wilson had a great rookie season as well in 2012. He nearly had the same passing yards as RG3, but threw twice as many interceptions.

Wilson is still one of the better QB’s in the NFL and has a Super Bowl ring to prove it. Something we all hope Prescott earns in the near future.

Ben Roethlisberger, like Wilson, has a Super Bowl ring to prove that he’s one of the better QB’s in the entire NFL. He also had a really good rookie season, but still not like what the Cowboys are getting from Dak Prescott.

That’s brings us to Dan Marino. If you take into consideration what the passing game was like in 1983 and what it has evolved into now, Marino might have the most impressive performance by rookie QB in the history of the NFL.

Pass interference was pretty much nonexistent and not many teams where as pass happy as they are in the NFL today. Still, Prescott has already surpassed Marino’s numbers and they will only continue to fail in comparison when all things are said and done.

So, as you can see, not only were the Dallas Cowboys more lucky than good, but they are fortunate enough to have found a quarterback that could become the best to ever play the game. At least, that’s what his rookie production would suggest.

Do you think Dak Prescott is the best rookie QB in NFL history?

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Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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