March 21, 2016
It could be a NFL Draft red herring but the Dallas Cowboys have shown an incredible amount of interest in Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. According to the http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2016/03/19/cowboys-workout-scheduled-mid-round-quarterback-prospect-sunday">Dallas-Morning News, Cowboys Quarterback Coach Wade Wilson is in Starkville, Miss today to workout the former Bulldogs single caller.
This will mark the third time that Wilson has meet with before this April's draft. Wilson, along with Dallas Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, spent time with Prescott at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala and then met with him again at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in late February.
Multiple reports (http://sportdfw.com/2016/01/18/cowboys-is-dak-prescott-the-new-russell-wilson/">here and http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article57544588.html">here) have the Cowboys linked to Prescott in this year's NFL Draft. And why not, Dallas has to start thinking about like after Tony Romo at some point.
Last season, Romo spent more time injured than on the field and he has had back issues the last few seasons. The Cowboys have to figure that time is running out on Romo and taking a quarterback in the draft to develop for future is the smart idea.
Prescott has been projected to be drafted as high as the http://walterfootball.com/draft2016QB.php">second round but most projections have him being selected in the http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1824864/dak-prescott">third to fourth round of this year's draft. Most draft scouts see Prescott as a bit of a work in progress but http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/dak-prescott?id=2555260">could turn into a solid starter with time to develop into a NFL starter.
The Dallas Cowboys have http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2016/03/11/nfl-awards-four-compensatory-picks-including-fourth-rounder-2016">nine picks in the draft. Dallas has the 34th pick in the 2nd round, 67th pick in the third round, 101st pick in the fourth round and 135th pick (a compensatory pick) in the fourth round. Other picks include the 189th, 212th, 216th, and 217th pick in the sixth round.
Every pick in the sixth round but the 189th is a compensatory pick. One thing to remember about the draft is that compensatory picks can not be traded and must be used by the team that was awarded the pick. That means the Cowboys don't have a lot of picks to trade if they must move around to get Prescott.
While Prescott has mainly stayed in the news for his on the field work or for being a good guy off the field, he has been in the news for the wrong thing. Last year, Prescott was seen on video being jumped in Panama City, Florida, but the quarterback handled that situation nearly perfectly.
Last week, Prescott was in the news for the wrong reason, when he was arrested for driving under the influence. While his draft stock will take a bit of a hit, because he was arrested so close to the draft, it is not the enough to send up red flags to teams who want to draft the quarterback.
Dallas currently hasn't signed a quarterback in free agency and have Kellen Moore as the only other quarterback on the roster besides Romo. The quarterback of the Cowboys is one of the biggest and most talked about positions in the NFL, so expect plenty of discussion about Dallas and quarterbacks during draft coverage.
Wilson will more than likely ask Prescott about his arrest and the quarterback's answer might have a major impact on whether he has a star on his helmet in the future.