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2015 NFL DRAFT

Dak Prescott, QB

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Haughton, LA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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6042

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Scouts are most impressed with his development above the neck, showing above average awareness as a passer, recognizing things quickly and working through his progressions to easily load and fire.

Displays an ability to use his eyes and hold defenders and has a quick memory to move on from mistakes and not let the negative plays linger. Overall, he has a much more natural feel in the passing game than in 2013 and appears in complete control of that offense.

When he does step into his throws, Prescott can deliver strikes. He's a very dangerous runner, combining aggression, agility and the power to break arm tackles.

WEAKNESSES: Work in progress as a passer but has a live arm and good field vision. His footwork is inconsistent and he loses accuracy when his feet are not set.

Tends to predetermine some throws and relies on a lot of back shoulder patterns, something that got him in trouble against Auburn and Alabama. Has not shown the consistency to lead his team through the air in tough road environments when the ground game is shut down.

COMPARES TO: Tim Tebow, ex-Broncos, Jets, Patriots - It is the natural comparison, beyond just the connection to Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who was Florida's offensive coordinator when Tebow was in Gainesville. Although Prescott has a slightly better arm and more consistent mechanics, he and Tebow grade similar in several categories, including composure, mobility, power and leadership.

IN OUR VIEW: Evaluators knew he was a bruising runner, using his size, quickness and toughness to run over defenders, but Prescott has shown a much improved feel in the passing game, displaying anticipation, decisiveness and above average awareness to recognize things quickly and react accordingly. He deserves credit for the positive steps he has taken, but a lot of evaluators aren't sold quite yet as Prescott tends to predetermine his throws and has the bad habit of locking onto his targets, missing open reads downfield.

--Rob Rang and Dane Brugler (11/18/14)

Player Overview

After serving as running complement to pocket passer Tyler Russell the past two seasons, Prescott has emerged as one of the SEC's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in 2014 now that he has the starting position all to himself.

Prescott could benefit from another year of SEC staring experience in 2015 and the second half of this season is crucial to his NFL grade, but based on his body of work and performance thus far, Prescott looks like a future top 100 pick, and possibly higher.

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11/11/2014 - Dak Prescott stepped up in the pocket and then pulled the ball down, accelerating through the left side of the line and darting down the sideline for an easy 48-yard touchdown run. It was one of several highlights for No. 1 Mississippi State in a 45-16 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. But the Prescott run was arguably the most important play - showing that the centerpiece of the Bulldogs' offense is reasonably healthy as the program makes a final push for its first Southeastern Conference title since 1941. Prescott had battled a left ankle injury over the past few weeks, occasionally wearing a protective boot around the football complex. He moved gingerly on the ankle in a win over Arkansas one week ago, but didn't seem bothered by it on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (9-0, No. 1 CFP) extended their winning streak to 12 games, jumping ahead 24-3 by halftime. Prescott completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. It was his school-record ninth 200-yard passing game of the season. He also ran for 54 yards. "Dak played pretty solid," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "He didn't have to make a lot of plays today, just manage the offense and distribute the ball. He missed one or two throws in there, but he made more than he missed." - AP Sports

 

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