Dallas Cowboys Rookie Dak Prescott Highlights Value Of Late Round NFL Draft Picks

NFL stars come from all over the place. According to Larry Brown Sports, Dak Prescott has been shining for the Dallas Cowboys during the first two preseason games. The former Mississippi State Bulldogs star has done much better than expected by giving the franchise and the fan base a ton of hope.

Anyone that keeps up with the NFL is already aware that the Dallas Cowboys have some concerns with their quarterback position. The loss of Tony Romo last season was the biggest reason why the team ending up missing the playoffs despite having a stacked roster that should have been in contention for the Super Bowl.

With that in mind, Dallas Cowboys fans were hoping that the front office would consider making moves to acquire a backup quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. They were hoping that Jared Goff or Carson Wentz could somehow be acquired with the fourth overall selection.

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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones received a lot of criticism for not going after a quarterback as quickly as possible in the NFL Draft. Jones kept insisting that the situation was fine. He felt that the Cowboys needed to focus on other positions instead.

With the fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose Ezekiel Elliott, as reported by Sporting News. Though the Ohio State Buckeyes star is filled with talent and potential, many felt that the Cowboys did not have a big need at the running back position.

There were still some good quarterback prospects available in the second round of the NFL Draft. Penn State star Christian Hackenberg was available. So was Connor Cook from Michigan State. Both of those guys have enough potential to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League some day.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott Ezekiel Elliott [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]Instead of going with a quarterback in the second round of the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys thought outside of the box and chose Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame. The linebacker is one of the most talented players coming out of college, but he has injuries that will prevent him from playing for quite a while.

The Dallas Cowboys waited until the fourth round to pick a quarterback. With the 135th overall selection, Jerry Jones went with Dak Prescott from Mississippi State. The Louisiana native has a ton of talent, but many felt that it would be a couple of years down the road before he could contribute.

Bad news came for the Dallas Cowboys during training camp. Backup quarterback Kellen Moore suffered an injury, as reported by CBS Sports. Naturally, people assumed that the Cowboys were going to be on the hunt for a veteran quarterback who could come in and fill the void.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo Tony Romo [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]Instead of paying a high asking price for someone like Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown, Jerry Jones decided to play it cool. He stated that the Dallas Cowboys were fine with the passers that they had on the roster. That meant that Dak Prescott was going to get his chance sooner than later.

During the first two games of the preseason, Dak Prescott has not only managed to capture the attention of Dallas Cowboys fans, he has also captured the attention of the NFL. Many feel that he has a very good chance of following in the footsteps of other late round quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Mark Brunell, Rich Gannon or Matt Hasselbeck.

As a fourth round draft pick, Dak Prescott doesn’t have the pressure of becoming a superstar in the NFL. However, if he does become one, then Dallas Cowboys fans might view the draft a little differently.

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