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2016 NFL Scouting Report: Scouting Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Quarterback

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Could Dak Prescott be the Broncos next quarterback of the future?

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One prospect the Denver Broncos are showing interest in and may select in the first two rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft is Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. He is a 6'2", 226lb quarterback who is considered one of the top second-tier quarterback prospects in the draft. Prescott is ranked as the 106th overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 6th best quarterback in the draft.

During his four years at Mississippi State, Prescott has totaled 9,376 yards passing, 70 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Prescott also has a career completion percentage of 62.8%. He has also rushed for 2,521 career rushing yards with 41 career touchdowns. Prescott totaled 11,897 combined yards and a total of 111 career touchdowns during his time at Mississippi State. This past season Prescott totaled 3,793 yards passing, 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also had 588 rushing yards with 10 rushing touchdowns. He totaled 4,381 yards and 39 total touchdowns in 2015.

Dak Prescott

Quarterback, Senior, Mississippi State

Height: 6'2" Weight: 226lbs 40 time: 4.79 seconds

Vertical: 32.5 inches Broad Jump: 116.0 inches(Top performer in his class)

3 Cone Drill: 7.11 seconds

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Scouting Report

Strengths:

  • Thick and muscular frame
  • He has 536 career rushing attempts in the SEC, so he has proven to be tough
  • Stands tall in the pocket
  • Has shown improvement in his game this past year
  • Shows good awareness as a passer
  • Tough runner
  • Can extend plays with his legs
  • Lots of potential
  • Ideal arm strength
  • Can throw strikes or throw with finesse
  • Intelligent
  • Leader on and off the field at Miss State
  • High Character guy(despite his recent DUI)
Weaknesses:
  • A lot of wear and tear in college
  • Accuracy issues on deep to intermediate passes
  • Needs to work on his pocket awareness
  • Reads his progressions too slowly
  • Needs to lead his receivers more
  • Didn't play in a pro-style offense
  • Raw and needs work but will he reach his ceiling?
  • Needs work on his footwork
  • His mechanics need work
  • Needs work but getting there
  • DUI arrest in early March

Does quarterback Dak Prescott fit with the Broncos?

He does, and the Broncos are apparently high on him.

The Broncos will have quarterback prospect Dak Prescott in for a formal visit/workout in early April, and are reportedly enamored with him.

"The Broncos loved North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, but know that he won't be getting anywhere near Denver's pick. However, the team also is enamored with Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. He is a good fit in Gary Kubiak's offense and sources say that Prescott is in play for the Broncos on the second-day of the draft."

Prescott impressed scouts, GM's, and coaches at the Senior Bowl and Combine this year. He showed intelligence, leadership, and overall football character. Team's were reportedly raving over this before Prescott was arrested for a DUI in early March.

This was a big step back for a guy who had a ton of positive momentum before this. He has owned up to his mistake, and hopefully, will only be a one-time thing for him.

Now, I think Dak would fit well into Gary Kubiak's offense. It's friendly for the quarterback, and he and team could rely on his athleticism early on as he develops as an NFL passer.

A strong running game and a strong defense are things the Broncos can provide for an inexperienced rookie quarterback. It is what the Patriots did with Tom Brady early in his career, it is what the Steelers gave Ben Roethlisberger early in his career, and what the Seattle Seahawks gave Russell Wilson during their two Super Bowl runs.

Figuring out where Prescott could go is a bit difficult right now. How much did the DUI hurt his stock? Before I thought Prescott at 31 could be a possibility if Paxton Lynch was off the board. Now? Maybe in the second round or maybe even in the third round.

Now, if the Broncos trade for Colin Kaepernick this may change their draft plans at quarterback. Until that does or does not happen it is safe to assume that they draft a quarterback early in the draft.