Dak Prescott first Bulldogs QB taken in NFL draft since 1979
Dak Prescott rewrote Mississippi State’s record book during his five years in Starkville.
First in this. First in that — 38 school records in all.
Now, he can add another: Prescott became the first Bulldogs quarterback taken in the NFL draft since Dave Marler was selected in the 10th round in 1979. Fellow Bulldogs quarterback Joe Reed was selected in the 11th round in 1971.
Prescott obviously became the highest picked, too, going in the fourth round to the Dallas Cowboys. He’ll get to learn and develop behind Tony Romo, perhaps becoming his eventual replacement.
Prescott, who stood in the shotgun throughout his college career, was viewed as a middle-round pick. Many questioned whether he could run a pro-style offense, which he’ll be asked to do in the NFL.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) April 25, 2016
Few questioned his leadership capabilities, however.
“He has a presence and a natural leadership about him,” ESPN’s Todd Blackledge, a former quarterback, told the Bulldogs website. “His fight and will to win is very evident with him and that’s why Mississippi State is different than I’ve ever seen them. You cannot fake it. If it’s real, it’s real. I’ve seen him and seen him interact with his teammates enough. That’s who he is.”
The SEC has had 11 quarterbacks taken in the first round since Peyton Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998.
Prescott wasn’t able to join that list, but he didn’t seem to mind.
“A lot of great quarterbacks (are) drafted late,” Prescott told the Shreveport Times. “It’s about proving yourself when you get in training camp.”