Best draft-day steals by the Dallas Cowboys of all-time: 7. Dak Prescott
2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Pick No. 135
When the Cowboys drafted Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, they could not have seen all of this happening. Prescott, who enjoyed a record-breaking career with the Bulldogs, was drafted to sit behind not only star Tony Romo, but also veteran Kellen Moore as the team’s third quarterback.
However, after Moore suffered an injury, and then Romo went down, Prescott assumed the starting quarterback job and never looked back. Romo would go on to retire after the season. Prescott would lead the Cowboys to the No. 1 record in the NFC in his rookie year, taking home the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award.
Not only did Prescott lead the Cowboys to the top record in the conference, and win NFL Rookie of the Year honors, but he was also named to the Pro Bowl. He completed blew away the expectations for a team that only selected him because they could not move up in the 2016 NFL Draft and take a couple of guys who were seen as more NFL-ready.
Since taking over for Romo, Prescott has been on a freight train to becoming the most prolific quarterback in team history. He has already led the team to two playoff berths. In three seasons as a starter, Prescott has racked up nearly 11,000 passing yards. His 68-to-25 touchdown-to-interception ratio is nothing to sneeze at either.
The Cowboys have gone 32-16 with him as a starter. Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott have become quite the tandem since being selected in the same draft class. The Cowboys are a playoff team with him under center, and they reportedly are set to pay him a ton of money to stay with the organization.