After posting the greatest rookie season by a quarterback in NFL history, is Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott too low on FanSided’s latest quarterback rankings?
By all accounts, the Dallas Cowboys‘ Dak Prescott had the greatest rookie season by a quarterback in NFL history last year. The fourth-round selection out of Mississippi State won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award after leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 season-ending record and to the divisional round of the playoffs.
Prescott recorded 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions last year for Dallas. He also rushed for 262 yards and scored six more times on the ground. More importantly, the 23-year old was able to dethrone longtime starting quarterback Tony Romo in Dallas due to his strong leadership skills, stellar work ethic and consistent on-field play.
When comparing Prescott’s numbers from last year to his peers, the rookie appeared to be a top-ten level quarterback. The former Bulldog ranked fourth in the NFL in completion percentage (37.8), fourth in yards per pass attempt (7.99), third in passer rating (104.9) and had the third highest total quarterback rating (QBR) in 2016 with a score of 81.5.
But according to a new ranking of the NFL’s top quarterbacks recently released by FanSided, Prescott is currently only the 15th best player at his position.
"“Prescott can quarterback a Cowboys team to a Super Bowl,” wrote FanSided’s John Buhler in his quarterback recently. “He probably will at some point in his NFL career, maybe even 2017? For that to happen, he will have to be a primary reason Dallas wins games and not a complementary one. Dallas will go as far as he takes them. Don’t be shocked if it gets slightly worse before it gets better for Prescott as the Cowboys quarterback.”"
Some of the more surprising names that ranked higher on FanSided’s quarterback list than Prescott include the Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins, the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning.
Obviously, experience and length of play factored into these rankings. Although the numbers say Prescott is a bonafide top-ten level talent, the fact he’s only played one year certainly hurt his status on this list. And the fact the Cowboys were unable to make any sort of impact in the postseason despite dominating the regular one probably didn’t help his cause.
You can read FanSided’s full NFL quarterback rankings by clicking here. And tell us down in the comment section below about where you believe FanSided should have ranked Prescott on their list.