ESPN re-drafted Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as a top-ten player in the NFL
With a mandate to win a Super Bowl in the next five years, ESPN tasked their NFL Nation reporters to conduct a four-round re-draft (128 picks) with the entire league as a player selection pool. These fantasy general managers had to choose a quarterback, one non-QB offensive player, one defensive player, and a wildcard. The results were surprising.
The biggest shocker being that Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, was selected ninth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was before other notable passers like Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reasons given for Prescott’s selection before players like Rodgers and Brady included the fact he’s still only 26-years old. So Dak’s window for winning a championship would seem to be wider than the 42-year old Brady and 36-year old Rodgers.
Prescott’s durability was a factor as well, having not missed a single start in his entire four-year career. That makes him an obvious choice over someone like Wentz who has had early injury issues.
Then there are Prescott’s accolades to consider. He was the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record his first season. Prescott is also a two-time Pro Bowler who has led Dallas to a regular season record of 40-24 with two playoff berths during his four-year career so far.
Prescott is coming off a stellar season statically, racking up career-highs in both passing yards (4,902) and touchdowns (30), plus throwing just 11 interceptions. According to ESPN, Dak’s QBR of 70.2 was the fourth best among all NFL quarterbacks last season.
How many Dallas Cowboys were re-drafted by ESPN’s NFL Nation?
Of the 128 NFL players selected in this re-draft, six members of the Cowboys were chosen. They were Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott (60), rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (80), wideout Amari Cooper (87), defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (102), and guard Zack Martin (118).
Five quarterbacks were selected ahead of Dak Prescott in ESPN’s NFL Nation Re-draft. They include Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.