5 things the Cowboys must do after signing Dak Prescott

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Sam Ehlinger, Texas Longhorns
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5. Draft a Quarterback on Day Three

Dallas Cowboys fans across the country got to breathe a sigh of relief once it was announced that the team had reached a long-term deal with its starting quarterback Dak Prescott. However, the Cowboys still need to figure out who will be Prescott’s backup next season.

Before the blockbuster deal between Prescott and Dallas was announced the team could have theoretically still tried to re-sign its veteran backup signal-caller, Andy Dalton. The team will likely not have enough cap space to bring back Dalton, who led America’s Team to a 4-5 record in his nine starts last season. The move also makes it unlikely they will be able to go out and get any veteran backup quarterback.

The teams’ current backup quarterback is former AAF player Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert played admirably in his lone start for Dallas last season, but the 29-year old had only thrown six career passes in the NFL before that start. Keeping that in mind it would probably be wise for the organization to try and find some competition for the important spot of backup signal-caller.

Given the teams’ cap situation, the only way that Dallas will be able to create that competition is through the NFL draft. The team could use one of its later-round picks, preferably sometime after the fourth round, to address this need.

America’s Team could (and should) hope that Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond falls to them in the later rounds, but this seems unlikely. The team could also more realistically target Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger or Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey.

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Regardless of what signal-caller the Dallas Cowboys target in the later rounds of the NFL Draft this move would help ensure some competition with Gilbert for the important role of backup quarterback on America’s Team.