5 quarterback options if the Cowboys pass on Dak Prescott

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Justin Fields, Ohio State
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#2. Justin Fields, QB – Ohio State

If the Cowboys find themselves without Dak Prescott next year, Dallas could simply decide to re-sign Andy Dalton to take his place. But the 33-year old should really only be viewed as a bridge player to the next, great passer of America’s Team.

And that player could be Ohio State’s Justin Fields. With draft experts throwing out names like Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray as potential comparisons to his skill-set, it’s hard not to get excited about this young passer’s prospects under center for the Cowboys.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Fields has a similar size and build to Dak Prescott. Although he’s much more highly-rated than Dak coming out of college.

The Buckeye’s star passer recorded 3,273 yards, a whopping 41 touchdowns, and a mere three interceptions in 14 games as a sophomore last season. Through four games this year, Fields has completed an incredible 79.6% of his passes for 1,208 yards, 13 touchdowns, and three picks.

The gap between the projected top player available in the 2021 NFL Draft, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and Justin Fields seems to be narrowing. And it could quickly become a case of 1a and 1b when it comes to the most talented passer available in this draft class.

While the Cowboys might find themselves in a position to land Fields by staying put with their first-round pick next year, it would appear the 0-10 New York Jets and the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars have the inside track on landing both Lawrence and Fields. That would mean Dallas would potentially have to sacrifice future draft picks to move up to land one of these two highly-coveted quarterback prospects.