College coach won’t say NFL teams ‘missed’ on Dak Prescott

By Michael Dixon
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. Before that, he was the 135th overall pick and seventh quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Every NFL team passed on him. Even the Cowboys selected four players before drafting Prescott.

So, it’s safe to say that after his rookie season, plenty of quarterback-starved NFL teams are kicking themselves for missing on Prescott. Only Dan Mullen, Prescott’s college coach at Mississippi State, doesn’t quite see it that way.

“I think when you get to the NFL, everybody is looking for something different and you might not be looking for a quarterback, or someone of his style,” Mullen said, per Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. “That’s very unique, where you might slot a quarterback in (the) draft or what they’re looking to get out of that quarterback position. It’s hard to say teams missed on him because you don’t know what their strategy going into that draft was.”

Mullen does have a point. Quarterback is by far the most unique position in the NFL and that’s usually reflected in draft rooms. With that said, it’s not hard to say that at least a few teams missed on him.

Take, for example, the Denver Broncos. Aside from the quarterback position, the 2016 Broncos resembled the 2015 team that won the Super Bowl. Denver had issues as a team, but a big one was uneven play from Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch under center. Lynch was one of the seven quarterbacks taken ahead of Prescott. If they’re being honest, it would be hard for anyone in the Broncos’ front office to say that they didn’t miss on Prescott.

If that doesn’t do it for you, let’s look at the New York Jets, who selected Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the same draft. Hackenberg was nailing reporters on the sideline with errant passes at OTAs. On a team with a terrible quarterback situation, Hackenberg is clearly the No. 3 signal caller. If the Jets would still prefer Hackenberg, there’s something seriously wrong with that team.

Mullen may have something of a point. But to say that “it’s hard to say teams missed on him” is just not accurate.