Draft season never ends. Teams are already setting their scouting assignments for next season. With that in mind, Mark Schofield has an early look at the top QBs in the 2016 NFL draft, continuing with Dak Prescott.
Dak Prescott – Mississippi State
The Magnolia State enjoyed a college football renaissance in 2014, with both Mississippi State and Ole Miss spending time in the top five, before finishing 11th and 17th, respectively. The Bulldogs rode the strong arm and powerful legs of senior quarterback Dak Prescott to a 10-3 finish. Prescott took over the starting role in 2014, first gaining national attention after MSU’s late-September victory over LSU in Death Valley, where he was in on three touchdowns, including two through the air.
While late-season losses to Alabama and Ole Miss erased any national title hopes, Prescott finished the season having completed 62% of his passes for 3,449 yards and 27 TDs with only 11 INTs. While a strong-armed passer, his ability as a runner is very impressive:
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Prescott has an uphill battle to convince scouts he is prospect at the next level; as seen by the precipitous drops of quarterbacks without pocket presence like Brett Hundley, the Bulldogs QB will need to show he can read defenses and make anticipation throws to elevate his standing.
Additionally, Prescott gained some unwanted notoriety this offseason after getting into a fight during spring break. SEC defenses should be wary that the quarterback will take out any lingering frustration on them come the fall.
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