Dak Prescott has been in Mobile, AL all week getting ready for the Senior Bowl this weekend. Prescott is one of the QBs on the South team alongside Jacoby Brissett, Brandon Allen and Jacob Coker. Of the four quarterbacks on the squad Prescott and Allen have been getting the most love from scouts this week.
Two teams in particular have shown a lot of interest in the Prescott, the Jets and Texans. Both teams struggled at QB for most of the year and will look to pick one up in the draft. The Mississippi State quarterback interviewed with both franchises earlier this week.
The Jets settled on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason after Geno Smith broke his jaw in a locker room scuffle. Fitzpatrick led the team to a 10-6 record and narrowly missed out on the playoffs. If New York had defeated Buffalo in week 17 they would’ve made the playoffs. Rex Ryan had his team motivated and the Bills pulled the upset which secured a playoff spot for Pittsburgh instead.
New York has Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty as their three QBs but Geno Smith could likely be on his way out of town. Fitzpatrick is a free agent and it’s not clear as to what the Jets want to do with him. He had the best year of his 11 year NFL career but Todd Bowles may want to go with a younger QB.
Petty was drafted last year out of Baylor. He has a big arm and could get a shot at the starting job in the preseason. But if the Jets draft Prescott or another quarterback they could cut bait on Smith and not re-sign Fitzpatrick. They could make a run at Sam Bradford or RG3 to give Petty and Prescott another year to develop.
Prescott has drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow and Donovan McNabb. He is a big guy with a bigger arm. The Mississippi State QB is built like a fullback and can take off when he has to. He is projected to go in the third or fourth round and could be a guy that blossoms after a year on the bench learning the system. The Jets pick late in the draft at #20 and will miss out on Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz who are projected to go in the top fifteen. If they get someone like Prescott or Brandon Allen in the later rounds there is no rush to get them on the field. But if they picked a QB in the top ten fans in New York would not be patient and the rookie QB would get fed to the wolves.
The Texans have also been sniffing around Prescott as well. Like the Jets, Houston is a mess at QB and made the playoffs despite poor play from Brian Hoyer. Brandon Weeden was signed late in the year but he’s not seen as a starter for 2016 either. The Texans’ hands are tied and they have to get a QB in the draft. Picking at #22 is a disadvantage because, like the Jets Lynch, Wentz and Goff will probably be off the board. They could reach for Connor Cook or Christian Hackenburg but at that spot it’s smarter to go with the best player available. Prospects like Prescott will be available in the third or fourth round.
Houston could try to sign Brock Osweiler after a decent year in Denver. But even if they land him the Texans will still need a young backup. Houston could look at other free agent QBS like Kirk Cousins or Sam Bradford that would be a band-aid to give whoever they draft sometime to learn the system and get antiquated to the NFL.
Prescott is an exciting prospect. He tore up the SEC the past two years and if he gets in the right situation he could be the real deal in the NFL too.