Of any quarterback not named Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott has been garnering more buzz than anyone else at the position. Despite his recent run-in with the law where he was arrested on a DUI charge, that hasn’t derailed the Prescott hype train one bit as it’s rolling faster than ever. Prescott was a legitimate Heisman contender in 2014 as he helped revitalize the Mississippi State football program. He’s an athlete under center who can make plays, but his arm is very questionable and not NFL caliber. A great football player, but perhaps not best suited under center.

Name: Dak Prescott
College: 
Mississippi State
Size: 
6’2”/230
Class: 
Senior (RS)
Projection: 
2nd-3rd Round
Comparison:
Brett Hundley

Strengths: Solidly built frame that can take a pounding. Exceptionally strong thighs. Good contact balance which allows him to bounce and spin off hits. Brings toughness and leadership to the field.

Weaknesses: Arm strength appears to be just adequate. Does not consistently place the ball where he should. Throws high which puts receivers at risk for big hits. Misses and over-throws on the deep ball. Accuracy in general is hit and miss. Scans the field but misses open receivers because he’s locked on to one player. Doesn’t see the field well. Lacks pocket awareness and the ability to create time in the pocket. When he steps up in the pocket he drops his head which signals the defense. Doesn’t step up in the pocket to throw. Does not keep his head down field in a crowd, always tucks the ball to run. Plays out of a shotgun. Lots of designed runs on 3rd down. Lacks “wow” plays throwing the ball.

Overview: A compact, tough, dual-QB who lacks arm talent and ability in the pocket NFL teams will look for. I question his ability to sit in the pocket, in a crowd, and make accurate throws at the NFL level which casts a dark cloud over his potential. Someone may want to bring him in as a camp body and see what he could provide at QB or another position. Despite the recent buzz he’s been garnering, I just don’t see him as an NFL QB.

About The Author Jesse Fritsch

Jesse Fritsch is a Wisconsin native who has spent 11 years independently evaluating NFL draft prospects and following the draft process. He happily spends most of his free time researching players and watching games in his man cave while occasionally coming up for air to share.