Why No One—Not Even the Cowboys—Saw Dak Prescott Coming

October 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

FRISCO, Texas — On the Cowboys' draft board last spring was a magnetic card.
Printed in big, bold letters: PRESCOTT, DAK.
Underneath the name, in smaller type: Mississippi State.
Farther down, on one side of the card, a box with six grades in small print: one assigned by the scouting director, two by scouts, one by the head coach, one by the offensive coordinator and one by the quarterbacks coach.
On the other side of the card, his height ("6022", or 6'2 2/10"), weight ("226" pounds), 40-yard dash speed ("4.74" seconds), arm length ("32 ¼") and hand size ("10").
In large type next to the name: "1.44."
That was the team grade for the player, and it was the reason the card was placed in the middle of the fourth round.
Four quarterbacks' cards on the board had higher grades: those belonging to Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook.
During the draft, the Cowboys would try to trade down in the first round to acquire Lynch...

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