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SEC in the NFL Draft: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott


Dak Prescott leaves Mississippi State with a bushel of school records and a strong case that he is the best player in school history. Now comes the discussion about his NFL merits.

Prescott finished his career with 11,897 total yards — third-most in SEC history — and 111 touchdowns — fourth-most in league history. In addition, he is just the fourth player in FBS history to finish with 9,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards, joining Colin Kaepernick, Dan LeFevour and Tim Tebow.

Gridironnow's Amanda Borges looks at the pros and cons of Prescott as an NFL prospect.

Prescott (6 feet 2, 226 pounds) was a part-time starter as a sophomore in 2013, then the Bulldogs' full-fledged starter in 2014 and '15. He was a great fit in Dan Mullen's version of the spread, able to hurt teams with his legs and his arm. He is a big-time red zone threat because of his running ability. He has a good, though not great, arm and showed better touch in each of the past two seasons. His mobility is impressive, and when he had time to throw from the pocket, he proved he had the ability to throw a nice deep ball. His leadership qualities were extolled by Mullen, though there are some blemishes.

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While his touch definitely developed, he still remains relatively raw as a passer. He was hit frequently while attempting to pass in 2015, and he developed some bad habits as a result. His footwork, especially, can be improved upon. Prescott also threw far more short passes as a senior – partly by design but also partly because he was hurrying to get rid of the ball. There is going to be a learning curve because he almost exclusively lined up in the shotgun while with the Bulldogs. He was arrested for DUI in March, and also had a run-in in March 2014 outside a Florida beach bar.

Prescott seems to have the physical and mental makeup to be an NFL quarterback. Can he be a starter? That is a legitimate question. He impressed some scouts during Senior Bowl week, being named MVP of the game. But there are rough edges that must be smoothed out. As for his draft status, does he go late on the second day or early on the third?

Whenever he goes, he plans to be watching on TV with family and friends while on a fishing trip. Rick Roberts, Prescott's agent, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Prescott plans to spend the weekend at Toledo Bend, a lake resort south of Shreveport, La., on the Louisiana-Texas line. Roberts said Prescott will be in a cabin with satellite TV and other amenities. "He'll watch the draft in between fishing," Roberts told the newspaper. "That's Dak."

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