Are the Dallas Cowboys interested in drafting a quarterback?

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The most revered position in the sport of football is the quarterback. Are the Dallas Cowboys interested in grabbing one in the draft?

Every team needs their franchise quarterback, and it may take years to find the right one. The Dallas Cowboys have their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, on the franchise tag awaiting a new contract.

While they are in negotiations of a new contract, fans and players alike are wondering what the team is going to do. Will they sign him long-term? Or are the Cowboys interested in grabbing a quarterback in the draft?

There is no clear indication that Dak will be starting the season with a new contract. Because of that, the Cowboys are forced to look at a backup plan. This includes the possibility of drafting a quarterback, but who would it be?

On April 8th, the Cowboys released a 20-second clip of an interview with Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. He played great with Alabama before being taken over by a top prospect in Tua Tagovailoa. reporter Tom Pelissero projects Hurts to be drafted in the second or third round. The Cowboys have the 51st pick in the second round and the 82nd pick in the third round.

Let’s say he is available at the 82nd pick, should the Cowboys draft him? If they do, what does that mean for Dak Prescott? Dallas can draft Hurts there, but that would likely be with the expectation of sitting behind Dak for at least his rookie season.

Think about it, who is behind Dak right now? Former quarterback of Central Michigan, Cooper Rush is the man. In his three seasons in the NFL, he has thrown the ball a total of three times and completed one of them.

That is not a whole lot of experience right there. While he managed to place ninth in the NCAA for completions in 2015, that is about where it stops. He was top five in the NCAA for interceptions thrown in 2013 and 2016.

While that doesn’t entirely mean there is no chance Rush can be a quarterback in the NFL, it may make the Cowboys uneasy that he is the backup plan. So now this brings up another question. Can the Cowboys draft Hurts to be the backup moving forward?

I’m sure that Jalen Hurts wants to be a starter in the NFL, but Dallas is occupied with Dak for the time being. Unless he is traded, he is the man moving forward.

I don’t see any quarterback being drafted to replace Dak. The only interest owner Jerry Jones should have as far as drafting a quarterback is for the backup position, but even then I feel he would prefer signing an undrafted free agent rather than using a third-round pick.

If by chance the Cowboys do use a pick in the top-three rounds on a quarterback, it then becomes clear that Dak Prescott is not going to remain the quarterback of America’s team for too much longer.

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This would then mean a trade either this offseason or at the next trade deadline. You can’t let a young quarterback like him walk away for nothing. All in all, I would think the Cowboys are not interested in drafting a quarterback.