If Cowboys draft a QB, then it will be later

The Cowboys have seven picks in next week’s draft and more needs than selections. This week we will take a position-by-position look at the roster to determine which spots they needs are more necessary to fill than others.


What they have: Dak Prescott, Kellen Moore.

What they need: At the very least they need more arms, unless they plan to move Jameill Showers back to quarterback after switching him to safety last year, just to get through the offseason.

Prescott stepped in as a rookie last year and delivered more than anybody could have thought possible with 23 touchdown passes and four interceptions. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Cowboys believe he is their next franchise quarterback.

The Cowboys plan to go with Moore as their No. 2, which was the plan they had last year behind Tony Romo. When Moore suffered a broken ankle a week into camp, Prescott moved up a spot and became the starter when Romo was hurt in the preseason.

Before taking Prescott in the fourth round last year, the Cowboys had not selected a quarterback in the draft since taking Stephen McGee in the fourth round in 2009.

They have not put a lot of draft capital in the position. Early in Romo’s tenure as the starter, they put a veteran backup behind him, first with Brad Johnson and then with Jon Kitna. Moore has more time spent in the league, but he has started only two games.

Best fit: Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh. He will likely go a lot sooner than the Cowboys want to select a quarterback, but he possesses the qualities they like with his touch and smarts. He moves well enough. He started his career at Tennessee but moved to Pitt and was a two-year starter, throwing 47 touchdown passes with just 15 interceptions.

Late-round possibilities: Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans, Baylor’s Seth Russell. Both quarterbacks were part of the Cowboys’ “Dallas Day” workouts with their local ties. Evans is more likely to be drafted than Russell, whose injuries at Baylor will scare off teams. Evans has only one season as a starter, but he helped the Hokies to the ACC title game.

Feeling a draft: Unless they run out of defensive players at positions of much greater need, the Cowboys will fall back to their previous history of not selecting a quarterback in the draft.