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Where Does Dak Prescott Rank Among NFL Quarterbacks?

The quarterback position is one of the most difficult positions to evaluate in the NFL. As hard as it can be for a quarterback to understand and execute an against a that is trying to keep them off balance, it can be equally difficult to try and determine where each quarterback ranks compared to his peers.

Last week, The Sporting News attempted to do just that with their 2019 Quarterback Rankings. It’s a pretty good list, and I highly recommend checking it out.

This was the criteria for how Vinnie Iyer,

“These are based on how each QB performed last season and the upside of how each might perform in 2019. No matter how many rings or awards a QB has won, or the number of efficient passing seasons he has posted in the past, is a small part of the equation. We thought about where each QB ended up last season in terms of effectiveness, production and durability, and then we thought even more about how his talent and offensive support set him up for success (or lack thereof) this season.”

Vinnie Iyer – The Sporting News

Dak Prescott came in at number 14 on the list, three spots behind counterpart Carson Wentz.

Here’s what NFL Analyst Vinnie Iyer had to say:

“Prescott dazzled as a in 2016 and slumped as a sophomore in 2017. Last season, he was closer to his rookie form in a year that largely landed between both extremes. Prescott got hot in the second half of the season once he clicked with new No. 1 wideout , creating a trickle-down effect that should continue with more legitimate overall weapons in 2019.”

Vinnie Iyer – The Sporting News

While these lists are rather subjective and it can be a difficult task, I think Vinnie’s pretty close on where Dak Prescott sits in the NFL at this point in his career.

It’s hard to argue with his top five. Each could have an argument for being the best quarterback in the NFL. just won the NFL MVP, has won all the Super Bowls, and put up ridiculous numbers year in and year out, and was just made the highest paid player in NFL history.

While I think Dak probably sits in the 9-15 range, here are the five quarterbacks ranked ahead or Prescott.

9. Baker Mayfield,
10. Ben Roethlisberger,
11. Carson Wentz,
12. Jared Goff,
13. DeShaun Watson,

I feel there’s an argument to be made that Prescott is a few spots to low.

As an avid homer, I find it a bit presumptuous to have Baker Mayfield as one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL. Mostly because he’s only played 14 games at this point in his NFL career. Mayfield had a tremendous rookie season and has given Cleveland Browns hope that the franchise is finally headed in the right direction. As much as I love Baker Mayfield and think he’s going to be a great NFL quarterback, it’s hard for me to put him in the top 10 at this point in his career.

Ben Roethlisberger is easily a top 10 quarterback. He has skins on the wall and over the last several seasons has been a prolific passer in the NFL. Some of the games he plays in the talking about aren’t great, but it’s hard to argue he hasn’t had a borderline career.

The most difficult argument I think comes when you compare Dak Prescott and DeShaun Watson. The two seem to be on similar career trajectories at this point.

Totals Table
Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush
Player From To G QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Rate Int Sk Y/A Yds TD
#ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">Dak Prescott #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">2016 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">2018 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">48 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">32-16-0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">975 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">1475 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">66.1 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">10876 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">67 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">96.0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">25 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">113 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">7.4 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">944 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">18
#ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">Deshaun Watson #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">2017 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">2018 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">23 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">14-8-0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">471 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">709 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">66.4 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">5864 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">45 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">103.1 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">17 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">81 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">8.3 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">820 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">7
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/18/2019.

Watson has a better passer rating, a slightly better completion percentage and has more total touchdowns per game than Dak Prescott for his career. If Watson had played as many games as Dak Prescott to this point, at his current touchdown rate, he’d have 108 total touchdowns. 23 more than Dak Prescott.

The two that I have the biggest issue with on this list are the two he gets compared to the most because they were taken first and second overall in the same draft that Dak Prescott was taken in the fourth round; Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.

Dak Prescott’s thrown for near as many touchdowns as Carson Wentz, who leads the three, but if you consider how many touchdowns Prescott’s rushed for in his career, he sits 13 total touchdowns ahead of Wentz and 16 total touchdowns more than Jared Goff. Dak Prescott has a better career passer rating than both of those quarterbacks and is right there in yards per attempt with both guys.

Totals Table
Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush
Player G QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Rate Int Sk Y/A Yds TD
#ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">Jared Goff #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">38 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">24-14-0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">772 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">1243 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">62.1 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">9581 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">65 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">94.7 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">26 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">84 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">7.7 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">175 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">4
#ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">Dak Prescott #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">48 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">32-16-0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">975 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">1475 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">66.1 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">10876 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">67 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">96.0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">25 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">113 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">7.4 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">944 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">18
#ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">Carson Wentz #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">40 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">23-17-0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">923 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">1448 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">63.7 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">10152 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">70 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">92.5 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">28 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">92 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">7.0 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">542 #ccc; padding: 2px 3px 2px 2px; white-space: nowrap;">2
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/17/2019.

Dak Prescott can claim more team success than Carson Wentz. One could argue that Jared Goff didn’t play his best on the way to representing the in the most recent Super Bowl. Dak Prescott has started every game of his NFL career while Carson Wentz has missed eight games due to season-ending each of the last two seasons. Durability is a huge issue for Wentz at this point. I’d rather have the guy who you know will be on the field.

If I were going to rerank Dak Prescott with the five quarterbacks ranked directly ahead of him, I’d go:

9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans
11. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
12. Dak Prescott, Dallas
13. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Of course, this is my attempt to be as unbiased as possible and would completely understand if you wanted to rank them differently. There’s no perfect way to rank players in the NFL and I applaud the Sporting News guys for giving it this effort. I can see arguments for Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield, and DeShaun Watson ahead of Dak Prescott, but that’s as far as I’m willing to go.

Dak Prescott is a top 12 quarterback in the NFL and an ascending player in this league.

If you were going to rank the six quarterbacks listed above, how would you rank them? Let us know in the comment section. 

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