Here's what 10 stats tell us about Dak Prescott's one-of-a-kind rookie season

With seven games remaining, the jury's still out on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott's rookie season. But entering Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, it's safe to say the fourth-round Mississippi State product is on pace to put together a transcendent, one-of-a-kind maiden NFL campaign.

Just how special has it been? Here's what 10 incredible stats tell us.

1. In the Super Bowl era (1966-2016), Prescott is only the 14th fresh-out-of-college or nearly-fresh-out-of-college rookie quarterback to start at least nine games despite not being drafted in the first three rounds.

That doesn't include old CFL converts Joe Kapp, Dieter Brock, Jeff Garcia and Warren Moon, who were 28 or older during their "rookie seasons." But it does include Joe Pisarcik, who spent three years in the CFL before starting his NFL career at the reasonable age of 25.

It's important to keep this in mind when assessing Prescott's rookie season, mainly because he wasn't expected to be a Cam Newton or a Ben Roethlisberger, or even a Russell Wilson, as a rookie. Unlike pretty much every great rookie quarterback in NFL history, he wasn't a first- or second-day draft pick.

And yet ...

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You know Dak has been great. But do you know how great? USATSI

2. He's thrown 14 touchdown passes to two interceptions, while none of the previous 13 middle-to-late-round or undrafted regular rookie starters had a positive touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Sixth-round rookie Bruce Gradkowski had nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 starts for the 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and everybody else threw more picks than touchdowns.

Not one of those 13 guys had fewer than seven interceptions, and only 1980 Miami Dolphins eighth-round rookie David Woodley threw as many touchdown passes as Prescott. But Woodley started 11 games, threw 47 more passes and had 17 interceptions to Prescott's two.

Here's how Prescott stacks up among the highest touchdown-to-interception ratios by rookie quarterbacks drafted beyond Round 3 (minimum of nine starts and excluding older CFL converts):

Quarterback Team Year TD-INT
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 14-2
Bruce Gradkowski Buccaneers 2006 9-9
Chad Hutchinson Cowboys 2002 7-8
David Woodley Dolphins 1980 14-17
Mike Pagel Colts 1982 5-7

3. His completion percentage is nearly 12 percentage points higher than the next-best rookie drafted in the fourth round or later.

Fourth-round rookie Chris Weinke completed 54.3 percent of his passes while losing 14 of his 15 starts for the 2001 Carolina Panthers. Prescott has completed 66.8 percent of his passes in Dallas.

Have quarterbacks become more accurate across the board in recent years? Of course, but none of the other 11 post-1970 merger rookie quarterbacks who started at least nine games ranked better than 19th in the NFL in completion percentage. Prescott ranks in the top 10.

Here are the highest completion percentages by rookie quarterbacks drafted beyond Round 3 (minimum of nine starts and excluding older CFL converts):

Quarterback Team Year Comp.%
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 66.8
Chris Weinke Panthers 2001 54.3
Bruce Gradkowski Buccaneers 2006 54.0
David Woodley Dolphins 1980 53.8
Kyle Orton Bears 2005 51.6

4. Prescott's passer rating is nearly 40 points higher than the next guy on that list of middle-to-late-round or undrafted quarterbacks.

This might not come as a huge surprise considering the two points above, but 40 points! It's Prescott at 106.2 and then the undrafted Chad Hutchinson, who posted a 66.3 rating while going 2-7 as a starter for the 2002 Cowboys.

Here are the highest passer ratings by rookie quarterbacks drafted beyond Round 3 (minimum of nine starts and excluding older CFL converts):

Quarterback Team Year Passer rating
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 106.2
Chad Hutchinson Cowboys 2002 66.3
Bruce Gradkowski Buccaneers 2006 65.9
David Woodley Dolphins 1980 63.1
Mike Pagel Colts 1982 62.4

And yes, these numbers are slightly warped due to the fact passing statistics have blown up across the board over the course of time. But to put it all into perspective, Hutchinson was the NFL's fourth-lowest-rated passer that year. Meanwhile, with a 106.2 rating, Prescott is currently the league's fourth-highest-rated passer.

Prescott absolutely destroys his late-drafted rookie competition. USATSI

Here's a breakdown of where each quarterback drafted beyond Round 3 who started at least nine games as a rookie ranks among their peers in terms of completion percentage, yards-per-attempt average, touchdown percentage, interception rate and passer rating in their first season:

Player Comp% YPA TD% INT% Rating Aggregate
Dak Prescott 10th 3rd 10th 6th 4th 7th
Scott Hunter 19th 6th 13th 22nd 27th 17th
Jim Zorn 21st 19th 22nd 20th 27th 22nd
Mike Pagel 28th 29th 28th 5th 23rd 23rd
David Woodley 23rd 30th 15th 23rd 27th 24th
Joe Pisarcik 24th 25th 25th 17th 27th 24th
Jeff Komlo 26th 24th 25th 27th 27th 26th
Steve DeBerg 27th 27th 25th 25th 27th 26th
Bruce Gradkowski 29th 32nd 28th 13th 31st 27th
Chris Weinke 28th 30th 30th 16th 29th 27th
Chad Hutchinson 31st 28th 30th 20th 29th 28th
Kyle Orton 33rd 34th 33rd 25th 34th 32nd

The above chart excludes pre-1970 merger rookies Kent Nix and Randy Johnson, neither of whom fared better but were ranked among a much smaller crowd.

5. Forget middle-to-late-round picks and undrafted quarterbacks -- Prescott's completion percentage is higher than any qualified rookie passer in league history.

Now that it's already clear Prescott has performed like no other quarterback drafted as late as he was, let's expand the field of comparison. Because the reality is Prescott's rookie numbers pretty much stack up to anybody's -- including dudes who were drafted far, far ahead of him.

His completion percentage of 66.8 is better than any qualified rookie passer in NFL history, edging Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 11 overall pick in 2004, who completed 66.4 percent of his passes in 13 starts. Prescott, Roethlisberger and 2012 Washington Redskins No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III are the only rookie quarterbacks in league history to post completion percentages above 65 in nine-plus starts.

Here are the highest rookie completion percentages in modern NFL history (min. nine starts):

Quarterback Team Year Comp.%
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 66.8
Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 2004 66.4
Robert Griffin III Redskins 2012 65.7
Carson Wentz Eagles 2016 65.0
Teddy Bridgewater Vikings 2014 64.4

6. Prescott also has the best rookie touchdown-to-interception ratio of all time.

Again, we're not only comparing him to the Chad Hutchinsons of the world. In 2012, Griffin became the first-ever rookie quarterback to throw four times as many touchdown passes as interceptions (20 to 5). But with 14 touchdowns and only two picks, Prescott is way ahead of that pace.

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Prescott's numbers even stack up against all-time great rookies like Marino. Getty Images

In fact, Prescott's 7-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the fifth-highest in NFL history among quarterbacks -- not just rookies -- with nine-plus starts, ranking behind only Nick Foles (27 to 2 in 2013), Tom Brady (9 to 1 in 2010) and Aaron Rodgers twice (38 to 5 in 2014 and 15 to 2 in 2011).

Here are the highest rookie touchdown-to-interception ratios in modern NFL history (minimum of nine starts):

Quarterback Team Year TD-INT
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 14-2
Robert Griffin III Redskins 2012 20-5
Dan Marino Dolphins 1983 20-6
Russell Wilson Seahawks 2012 26-10
Mike Glennon Buccaneers 2013 19-9

7. Prescott also has the highest rookie passer rating of all time.

He's nearly four points up on Griffin's 2012 mark of 102.4 and is one of only three rookie quarterbacks to post a triple-digit passer rating in nine-plus starts (Seattle Seahawks third-rounder Russell Wilson had a 100.0 rating in 2012).

Here are the highest rookie passer ratings in modern NFL history (minimum of nine starts):

Quarterback Team Year Passer rating
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 106.2
Robert Griffin III Redskins 2012 102.4
Russell Wilson Seahawks 2012 100.0
Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 2004 98.1
Dan Marino Dolphins 1983 96.0

For more perspective and in order to compensate for different eras and evolving stats, here's where Prescott ranks among his peers in comparison to every rookie quarterback who has made the Pro Bowl since the 1970 merger (and we've thrown Big Ben and Peyton Manning in there for good measure):

Player Comp% YPA TD% INT% Rating Aggregate
Robert Griffin III 5th 1st 9th 1st 3rd 4th
Dak Prescott 10th 3rd 10th 6th 4th 7th
Russell Wilson 7th 4th 2nd 16th 4th 7th
Dan Marino 16th 10th 2nd 2nd 3rd 7th
Ben Roethlisberger 5th 2nd 7th 26th 5th 9th
Cam Newton 18th 10th 17th 23rd 15th 17th
Andy Dalton 22nd 25th 21st 14th 20th 20th
Peyton Manning 19th 21st 12th 28th 23rd 21st
Andrew Luck 31st 17th 21st 22nd 26th 23rd
Jameis Winston 32nd 12th 22nd 29th 28th 25th
Vince Young 32nd 29th 23rd 21st 30th 27th

Every player listed except Prescott, Wilson and Dalton was drafted in the first round. More than a third of the list is made up of No. 1 overall picks. Every player listed except Prescott, drafted 135th overall, was selected in the top 75.

8. Among the 11 rookie quarterbacks in modern NFL history to post yards-per-attempt averages of 7.5 or better, Griffin and Wilson are the only two not drafted in the top 30.

His 8.4 average ranks second on that list, behind only '04 Roethlisberger (8.9). Wilson (7.9) and 1970 Buffalo Bills second-round pick (30th overall) Dennis Shaw also rank among the top seven all time, but everyone else on that list was a first-round pick.

Here are the highest rookie yards-per-attempt averages, modern NFL history (minimum of nine starts):

Quarterback Team Year YPA
Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 2004 8.9
Dak Prescott Cowboys 2016 8.4
Robert Griffin III Redskins 2012 8.1
Matt Ryan Falcons 2008 7.9
Russell Wilson Seahawks 2012 7.9

9. We're only in mid-November, and only 11 rookie QBs have won more games in an entire season than than Prescott has in 2016.

Prescott is also winning like almost no other rookie quarterback in league history. On Sunday, he can become the 12th rookie signal caller ever to win nine games. And he'd be doing so with six games to spare.

If he and the Cowboys can finish the season 6-1, Prescott will break Roethlisberger's record for most wins by a rookie quarterback (13). No other rookie quarterback has 12 (Wilson, Luck, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco all went 11-5).

As good as Prescott has been, he can't top Big Ben's 13-0 record. USATSI

However, Prescott automatically can't post the highest rookie winning percentage in NFL history for quarterbacks with at least nine starts. That's because Roethlisberger was a perfect 13-0 in 2004. But at 8-1, he's currently in the No. 2 spot among rookie quarterbacks with at least nine starts, ahead of Dan Marino's 7-2 record for the 1983 Dolphins and Chris Chandler's 9-4 mark for the 1988 Indianapolis Colts.

10. His passer rating is nearly twice that of Troy Aikman's rookie rating.

As of Sunday, Prescott and Aikman will be the only Dallas rookie quarterbacks ever to start 10 games. Aikman went 0-11 in 1989; Prescott is 8-1.

The next-most-winning rookie quarterback in Cowboys history? Quincy Carter, who went 3-5 in 2001. Prescott already has more wins (eight) than every other rookie quarterback in Cowboys history combined (six).

Here are stats for Cowboys rookie quarterbacks who started at least eight games, sorted by passer rating:

QB Year Record Comp.% TD-INT YPA Rating
Dak Prescott 2016 8-1 66.8 14-2 8.4 106.2
Chad Hutchinson 2002 2-7 50.8 7-8 6.2 66.3
Quincy Carter 2001 3-5 51.5 5-7 6.1 63.0
Troy Aikman 1989 0-11 52.9 9-18 6.0 55.7

So there you have it. When it comes to rate-based statistics and production relative to draft class, Dak Prescott is outperforming every rookie quarterback ever drafted within his range, and he's outproducing almost every rookie quarterback we've ever seen, regardless of draft position. Plus, he's winning at a higher clip than all but one rookie quarterback in modern league history.

Not only has he already clinched the best rookie season for a quarterback in Cowboys history, but he's well on his way to putting together one of the most unexpectedly remarkable first-year campaigns in the history of the sport.

To watch the Cowboys offense right now is to witness history.

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