The Dallas Cowboys selected former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft to be their possible heir apparent to Tony Romo. However, they have not been shy about saying they truly wanted Paxton Lynch.
Jerry Jones has been pretty open about his disappointment in not going after a trade up more diligently and allowing Lynch to fall to the Denver Broncos. All of this talk would seem to bother somebody like Prescott, who is trying to prove himself worthy of a starting job, but he doesn’t seem fazed by the talk at all.
“I’m just going to go out there and prove myself everyday on the field, and prove myself everyday in here,” Prescott told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Just be the player and person that I am. It really doesn’t mean anything to me [that they wanted Lynch]. I’m sure I wasn’t the first one on Mississippi State’s recruiting board when I committed to them.
“But everything works out and happens for a reason.”
The Cowboys know that they must find someone to start learning their offense for when Romo finally decides to call it quits on the football field. Dak Prescott is okay with having to sit behind him and get acclimated to the NFL.
“I think all of us rookies need to develop to be better NFL players at this point,” Prescott said. “If that means developing for a year or two years, sitting behind Romo, I’m ready to learn everything I can from him and follow him on and off the field, just the way he carries himself as a pro.”
During his career at Mississippi State, Prescott broke multiple records and has a resume that is befitting of a NFL-type player. He thre for nearly 9,400 yards and 70 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions while rushing for over 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns.
He certainly looks like the type of player that could thrive in the Cowboys’ quarterback-friendly offense. He is ready to prove to everyone that he was the better choice over Lynch.