5 quarterback options if the Cowboys pass on Dak Prescott

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Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
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#1. Trevor Lawrence, QB – Clemson

The last time the Cowboys used the number one overall pick in the NFL draft to snag a quarterback was back in 1989. And that future Hall of Famer was Troy Aikman.

But if the Cowboys want to draft Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Dallas will likely need to trade up to the number one spot to do so. And moving up to the top pick in any draft is costly, even if the Cowboys happen to already be in the top-five.

Sure, there are other college quarterbacks who might be available in the first round when the Cowboys’ number is called. Young passers like BYU’s Zach Wilson and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance for instance. But it seems unlikely Dallas would pass on a sure-thing like Dak Prescott for anything but the surest things in the draft.

Although that being said, the draft is often like someone’s favorite scoop of ice cream. One person’s Joe Burrow is another’s Justin Herbert. Both turned out pretty great this year.

But if you are going to replace someone like Prescott in Dallas, you might as well get the guy NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares best to Deshaun Watson, the Houston Texans’ star passer. So far this season, the massive 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lawrence has completed 70.7 of his passes for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns, and two interceptions in six games.

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As a true freshman, Trevor Lawrence passed for 3,280 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only four interceptions for the undefeated Tigers, leading the team to a CFP National Championship where the young passer was named MVP.

Lawrence followed that up his sophomore year throwing for 3,665 yards, 36 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. It will be hard to find anyone who would argue against him being the best quarterback in this draft class.