Dallas Cowboys: 4 potential backup quarterback options

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Sam Ehlinger, Texas Longhorns
Sam Ehlinger, Texas Longhorns, (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

1. Late Round Draft Pick (TBD)

The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2020 season with a disappointing 6-10 record while missing out on the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The defense gave up the fifth-most points per game in the NFL with 29.6. Needless to say, the Cowboys have a plethora of needs and most of them happen to be on the defensive side of the ball.

That fact likely means that the team will not have the luxury of taking a quarterback in the first couple of rounds of the NFL Draft. However, the team could still attempt to get a backup signal-caller in the later rounds of the draft.

The team could potentially try and target a handful of later-round prospects at the position including a potential “hidden gem” in Stanford quarterback Davis Mills. The team could also target Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger who tossed 94 passing touchdowns and only 27 interceptions during his four years at Texas.

Other possible selections include Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey and Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks.

Exactly who the team should target in the later round of the draft is certainly a worthy topic of discussion (Personally, I would take Ehlinger out of all the ones mentioned in this slide). However, the wisdom of trying to fill this slot through the draft makes sense.

The team would only have to pay this later-round pick a fraction of what they would have to pay someone like veteran quarterback Andy Dalton and most of these prospects would bring an aura of excitement to the fanbase.

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The 2020 season demonstrated the importance of having a competent backup quarterback to fans of America’s Team. Hopefully, the Dallas Cowboys front office learned from this and will devote the necessary resources to ensuring quality play at the most important position in football.