Max Duggan was one of the faces of college football last season as he took TCU to the National Championship and was a Heisman finalist. Could Duggan stay in Dallas-Fort Worth and play for the Cowboys in 2023?
Fans will have that question answered at the end of this month as the 2023 NFL Draft begins on April 27 in Kansas City.
The Cowboys have seven total picks in the draft and Duggan has been a name that’s been floating around the team for the past few weeks.
The team attended TCU’s Pro Day, hosted Duggan for “Dallas Day” at The Star, and even met with Duggan at the NFL Combine. It’s obvious that he’s on the team’s radar, and the interest is mutual for Duggan, who said at the Combine it would be “special to stay home” and represent the franchise.
Will the Cowboys draft TCU quarterback Max Duggan to develop behind Dak Prescott?
If selected by Dallas, Duggan would likely be a Day 2 or Day 3 pick and the Cowboys’ track record of finding diamonds in the rough at the quarterback position goes without saying. Dak Prescott was a fourth-round pick and Tony Romo went undrafted. Could Duggan be next?
ESPN’s Jordan Reid has Duggan going in the seventh round (No. 256 overall) to the Packers. That’s the fourth-to-last pick in the entire draft, so Reid clearly views Duggan as someone who could fall. Pro Football Network’s Ian Cummings mocked Duggan to the Jets at No. 207 overall in the sixth round. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Duggan has the 10th-ranked quarterback in this year’s class, so there should be an opportunity for Dallas to grab the former Horned Frog in the 5-7 round range.
Other teams reportedly interested in Duggan are the Chargers and Jets, which aligns with Cummings’ mock draft. But as of this past weekend, the Duggan buzz around Dallas intensified even more.
Duggan threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Field on Saturday afternoon to TCU head coach Sonny Dykes. Could Duggan play across the street at AT&T Stadium when the NFL season rolls around?
Duggan was also spotted at a Mavericks game in December and seems to be comfortable in the metroplex that he’s been living in 2019.
The Texas Christian product capped a brilliant career by throwing for 3,698 yards and 32 touchdowns to eight interceptions as a senior. He completed 63.7% of his passes and future first overall pick Caleb Williams was the only thing that stopped him from taking home the Heisman Trophy.
Who would take Duggan in Dallas?