MOBILE, Ala. -- Depending on who you ask, opinions vary on Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.
Most compare Prescott to former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Both thrived in the SEC as dual-threat quarterbacks. Prescott’s running ability and toughness look very similar to Tebow's. But that also can work against him during this pre-draft process, as Tebow quickly flamed out in the NFL due to his lack of passing ability. Other comparisons include Donovan McNabb, who had more success in the NFL.
Regardless, Prescott is aiming to shed any negative labels over the next few months, and it starts this week at the Senior Bowl. Prescott said much of his focus is on his passing.
“Coming from the spread offense, I can play in a pro system, I can play from under center and I can make all the throws,” Prescott said. “I’m a leader. I’m just going to play and be myself out here and let it play out.”
Prescott’s production is hard to overlook. He’s threw for 9,376 career yards, 70 touchdowns and rushed for 2,521 yards as a three-year starter in the always-competitive SEC.
At 6-foot-2, Prescott is one of the shorter quarterback prospects in this year's draft. He also showed some early issues with accuracy and ball placement in his first Senior Bowl practice working with new receivers.
Still, many teams have their eye on Prescott this week. He is projected to go in the middle rounds and could be a quality sleeper pick for a team willing to be patient and develop him at the NFL level. The Miami Dolphins, for example, would be wise to look at a prospect like Prescott even with a starter in place with Ryan Tannehill.
“I’ve talked to about 10 teams -- Cowboys, Texans, Jaguars,” Prescott said. “It’s exciting to have their staff coach me and to understand the terminology in the NFL and what’s different and just move on and get ready for the next level.”