2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys select QB Mike White in the fifth round


The Dallas Cowboys wanted to find a young player to develop at the quarterback position. They did so in the fifth round with WKU’s Mike White.

The Dallas Cowboys already have Dak Prescott under center. They also have a promising young backup quarterback in Cooper Rush, who flashed potential last preseason. But Dallas admitted they still wanted to find themselves a young quarterback to develop.

And with 10 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, it seemed very possible the Cowboys would use one of those selections to find themselves a new passing prospect. And in the fifth round on Saturday, they did just that.

With the 171th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select …

NAME: Mike White
POSITION: Quarterback
SCHOOL: Western Kentucky
HT/WT: 6-4, 224 pounds
AGE: 23-years old
2017 STATS: 4,177 yards, 26 tds, 8 ints, 65.7% comp.
PROS: Size, arm strength, leadership, production, smart risk taker
CONS: Accuracy issues, footwork, stares down receivers

ANALYSIS: The Cowboys aren’t known for drafting quarterbacks. But with the selection of Western Kentucky’s Mike White, Dallas drafts their second passer in three years. White joins a room with new quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore in charge, along with Prescott and an undrafted Rush ahead of him on the depth chart.

The 23-year old White should come in right away and compete for the primary back up role with Rush. In college, the former Hilltopper was a highly productive player who only threw one multi-interception game in two seasons at WKU.

For Dallas, developing White could result in a solid backup quarterback. He could also become a commodity in a possible future trade scenario.

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The Dallas Cowboys add a quality player in quarterback Mike White, giving themselves some depth behind Dak Prescott. Drafting a quarterback every year is a good philosophy for NFL teams. Let’s hope this starts a trend in Dallas.