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Dan Mullen: “Hard to say” teams missed on Dak Prescott

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Before Dak Prescott made his regular season debut with the Cowboys last year, his Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen appeared on PFT Live and said he was “shocked” Prescott lasted until the fourth round because Prescott “was a winner” in college.

Mullen looked prescient come the end of Prescott’s rookie season as he led Dallas’ offense during a 13-3 season that ended with a division title. Mullen was in position to gloat about his assessment of Prescott at a session with reporters during SEC media day on Tuesday when he was asked about teams missing in their evaluation, but took a different path.

“Why did they miss on him in the draft? I have no idea. … I think when you get to the NFL, everybody is looking for something different and you might not be looking for a quarterback, or someone of his style,” Mullen said, via Chase Goodbread of NFL Media. “That’s very unique, where you might slot a quarterback in [the] draft or what they’re looking to get out of that quarterback position. It’s hard to say teams missed on him because you don’t know what their strategy going into that draft was.”

Many a barroom and living room debate can be had about whether Prescott would have had the same kind of success without Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line on his side, but it’s harder to argue that the Cowboys got exactly what they needed when they brought the quarterback to Dallas last year.

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19 Responses to “Dan Mullen: “Hard to say” teams missed on Dak Prescott”
  1. ariani1985 says: Jul 11, 2017 5:11 PM

    what about RG3?

  2. dallashomer says: Jul 11, 2017 5:27 PM

    In Dak We Trust.

  3. skmad2014 says: Jul 11, 2017 5:56 PM

    Others have had the benefit of the same offensive line, Dez Bryant and a competent running back and faired far worse than Dak.

  4. absolutevisuals says: Jul 11, 2017 6:18 PM

    Dak is the product of a good environment which doesn’t force everything on his shoulders. Which is technically what teams should be doing when they’re starting a new QB but, you now, the NFL is a stubborn place.

  5. laxcoach37 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:21 PM

    I think Dak will be a good one and I enjoyed watching him in college, but if he was on any of the bottom 10 teams in the league you would have never heard of him. Period.

  6. redsoxu571 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:24 PM

    Why is Ezekiel Elliot always the first one listed in these mentions of “help” someone gets. It’s ridiculous. HE RECEIVED HELP TOO. He benefited from the capable play of Prescott, he benefited from Dez Bryant taking attention from opposing defense, and most of all, he benefited from his terrific line giving him GIANT lanes to run through. The only part of the Dallas offense that can essentially stand on its own merit is the best part of said offense: the OL. If you don’t give it the fire and foremost credit, you’re doing it wrong.

  7. newtdobbs says: Jul 11, 2017 7:00 PM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 6:21 PM

    I think Dak will be a good one and I enjoyed watching him in college, but if he was on any of the bottom 10 teams in the league you would have never heard of him. Period.

    But he’s on America’s Team and that makes him America’s Quarterback!

    Good job Jerry!

  8. xavier179 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:03 PM

    John Elway quarterback evaluator guru status took a major hit after he passed on him. Lynch may be surpassed by Simien in training camp, just saying.

  9. DrSteveBrule says: Jul 11, 2017 7:23 PM

    It’s really no surprise that he dropped a little in the draft. He was arrested for suspected DUI two months prior to the draft. The charges were later dropped but a lot of teams questioned his decision making.

  10. laserw says: Jul 11, 2017 7:50 PM

    The Danish Ham, Dak, will assume the rightful place with all running backs who think they can throw – declining productivity.

    And this clown can’t handle a pass rush – and he will never be able to overcome his flight tendency of run first since he cannot handle it by beating it with a pass.

    I will relish the decline of the Danish ham that most certainly will happen as the fraud continues to be exposed by good defenses.

    Also that bearded woman beater will be marginalized which will put greater pressure on the running back in a QB halloween costume. Can’t wait!

  11. darkbaconlips says: Jul 11, 2017 8:25 PM

    LOL at blowhard coach trying to keep his name in the headlines. All mock drafts had Dak in the late third or 4th and that’s where he went. The fact he has outplayed his draft position is a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys who cried when they couldnt draft Paxton Lynch in the first.

  12. notlistinin says: Jul 11, 2017 8:47 PM

    laserw says:
    Jul 11, 2017 7:50 PM
    The Danish Ham, Dak, will assume the rightful place with all running backs who think they can throw – declining productivity.

    And this clown can’t handle a pass rush – and he will never be able to overcome his flight tendency of run first since he cannot handle it by beating it with a pass.

    I will relish the decline of the Danish ham that most certainly will happen as the fraud continues to be exposed by good defenses.

    Also that bearded woman beater will be marginalized which will put greater pressure on the running back in a QB halloween costume. Can’t wait!

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    Yet another example of the modern euphemism ” You can’t fix stupid.”

  13. backuppunter says: Jul 11, 2017 9:30 PM

    I am pretty sure somewhere in pft comment archives (those exist right?) there is one of me saying dak prescott is a first round talent. Hire me nfl. I am 34, i make 19,000 dollars a year and i live in my parents basement. seriously

  14. Shawn D. Aiken says: Jul 12, 2017 8:56 AM

    Teams blew it. Dak’s the best QB to come out the draft since Roethlisberger. People acting like he’s the product of some perfect QB environment are delusional. Romo wouldn’t have even approached Dak’s efficiency, accuracy and overall win total.

  15. rainsarge says: Jul 12, 2017 9:00 AM

    What about the other Cowboys QBs not named Rom0 playing last year going 1-11 with the same line and an 1000 yd rusher in Mcfadden? Yes it’s true had the Cowboys been a horrible team with holes all over the place Dak would have struggled but that doesn’t mean any bum off the streets would have done what he did.

  16. joetoronto says: Jul 12, 2017 11:45 AM

    Lets see how he does in the all important 2nd year, that’s the measuring stick.

  17. metalup666 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:56 PM

    I think it is funny that some people still think of Dak as a running QB. No pocket presence, pulls the ball down and runs at the mere site of any pass rush, etc. Even in college the kid went through all of his check downs before ever even thinking of running. Watching games helps educate to tendencies players might or might not have. Knowledge is power.

  18. bobgust says: Jul 12, 2017 8:07 PM

    Cowboys deserve credit for drafting him. As a 49er fan, our coach wanted him, but our idiot GM took an injured corner instead. The Cowboys appear to have selected a QB who will be around for sometime.

  19. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 13, 2017 2:59 PM

    Shawn D. Aiken says:
    Jul 12, 2017 8:56 AM

    Teams blew it. Dak’s the best QB to come out the draft since Roethlisberger. People acting like he’s the product of some perfect QB environment are delusional. Romo wouldn’t have even approached Dak’s efficiency, accuracy and overall win total.
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    You are nuts… Romo is one of the best statistical QBs ever! And Dak did the same thing Romo always did.. LOSE A PLAYOFF GAME..

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