Cowboys fans have been waiting for the Cowboys to draft a quarterback that will take over fro Tony Romo in the coming years as he ages. They also panicked the Cowboys lost their backup quarterback to an injury. On Saturday, the Cowboys found out that they don't have to worry. The quarterback that was seen as not being ready had quite a day in his first professional outing. He owned a stout defense throughout the second quarter.
Dak Prescott was drafted with the 37th pick of the fourth round, as a project to groom behind Romo. His scouting report from NFL.com stated that: "[It is] hard to find an NFL comp for Prescott because he's built like Donovan McNabb, but lacks McNabb's ability and polish. Prescott has NFL size, mobility and enough arm, but the tape shows a player who must improve his mechanics, poise and quickness through his progressions if he is to become a full-time starter in the NFL. There are absolutely draftable traits and upside, but he will need extended work to smooth out his flaws. Until then, a team would be wise to utilize him on short-yardage packages."
On Saturday Prescott showed he has what it takes to make it in the NFL while it was only one game, he showed poise and the ability to go through his progression to find the open receiver. He also showed great accuracy on a deep pass down the sideline early in his outing. He put it in exactly the right spot where only his receiver could get the ball. In the pocket he stayed in under pressure to deliver strong passes to receivers. He also showed the ability to escape the pocket but protect himself smartly by sliding for the first down. Prescott proved that he is less of a long term project and more of a successor to Romo in the very near future.
He surprised the world with his skills on saturday. Two traits stood out the most on saturday to prove that he has the skill set to be the next generation for the Cowboys under center. First, was the command he showed over the offense. He showed the ability to make the reads on the line to put his offense in position to succeed. He was able to see what the defense was doing and used that to get the ball to the best part of the field. Perhaps the best trait showed on Saturday though, was the great accuracy e showed in dissecting the defense. He showed the accuracy to through the ball to where only his receiver can get it. On his first touchdown he showed his downfield accuracy to throw to the outside shoulder where only his receiver would get it. If he can continue to show these traits and improve them even more, the Cowboys' future is in good hands.