Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. And the choice was a home run, as Prescott has become a reliable starting quarterback in the NFL.
Recently, the 28-year-old talked about his experience with the draft process. That is, his experience in the Senior Bowl, an annual showcase of the best senior prospects in the NFL Draft.
“You have thousands of headhunters, coaches inside the lobby trying to lure you into completing this questionnaire, that questionnaire: you just want to get to football, you just want to get to the locker room,” x201D; Prescott said in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I just remember being able to get there, be with the guys and feel like, ‘Hey, that’s why I’m here. This is my safe haven, that’s what it’s all about. The scouts, the teams, none of that matters. I’m playing football and they’ll be able to see the best version of myself.
Prescott was not one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the draft. And the product from the state of Mississippi knew it for the Senior Bowl.
“Knowing that those other quarterbacks were going to be there, guys who were ranked higher than me in certain people’s simulated drafts… just knowing that from the movie theater, from practice to the game, you ’’re going to be able to see my ranking,” Prescott said.
Prescott and the South team prevailed in that game 27-16 over the North team. And Prescott’s head coach for that game? Then, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
It was an experience that brought him to his current team. And it’s an experience Prescott can’t talk about enough.
“It’s an opportunity you have to say ‘Why not?’ You’re going to build relationships, you’re going to potentially meet the teams or scouts you’re going to play for like I did with the Dallas Cowboys. Today I have friendships that came out of this game,” Prescott said.
“It’s a special moment, a special week and I think everyone should play if they have the opportunity to do so.
Prescott completed seven of his 10 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys selected him months later, and the rest is history.
The soon-to-be-29 signal-caller was named AP’s 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year. In addition, he has led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and earned two Pro Bowl selections.
His play earned him a four-year, $160 million contract extension from the Cowboys. And if he continues to play at a high level, he could make even more money on his next contract.