This has been quite the NFL offseason. Even NFL insiders that have been doing this for years (Pelissero, Garafolo, Rapoport, etc) say this is one of the wildest they’ve seen in a while. A lot of moves have been made and a lot of those have been at the helm of every team. The AFC got a giant boost in the quarterback position. The Dallas Cowboys should consider themselves lucky that they don’t have to face Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, DeShaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes regularly.
With the shifting of quarterbacks, the NFC list of starters is almost comical. However, for Cowboys fans who love to hate on Dak Prescott, it certainly helps his power rankings within the conference. As a refresher, let’s remind you who the starting QBs are likely to be in the NFC next year at the time of writing.
- Atlanta Falcons: Feleipe Franks (replacing Matt Ryan after his departure to the Indianapolis Colts)
- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray
- Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold
- Chicago Bears: Justin Fields
- Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott
- Detroit Lions: Jared Goff
- Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
- Los Angeles Rams: Matthew Stafford
- Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins
- New Orleans Saints: Jameis Winston
- New York Giants: Daniel Jones
- Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts
- San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance (likely, unless Jimmy Garoppolo stays)
- Seattle Seahawks: Drew Lock
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady (but maybe Kyle Trask with rumors that Brady wants to go to Miami)
- Washington Commanders: Carson Wentz
Let’s assume that Brady stays. That still puts the Cowboys’ QB in the top 5 of this list at the very minimum. No matter what you think of Prescott, he’s certainly better than Winston, Lance, Lock, Hurts, Wentz, Goff, Field, and Darnold.
With major quarterback changes throughout the league, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s ranking improves among NFC starters
NFL Spin Zone has Prescott ranked at No. 4 on the list above Cousins and Murray and behind Stafford (3), Brady (2), and Rodgers (1). Cousins certainly isn’t what he used to be and Murray was hot and cold the past couple of years. While there were several talks of a Prescott “slump” last year, the reality is that he led his team to a 12-5 season and won the NFC East after coming off a brutal ankle injury.
With 410 completions, the Cowboys QB had his highest completion percentage (68.8%) as a pro in 2021. He threw for 37 touchdowns (his most in his career) and 4,449 yards. In 2022, he will be without his favorite target Amari Cooper, but he will still have young stars CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup to grab his passes.
Given this new list, where do you think Prescott ranks? Is he now a top quarterback in the conference?