Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Author: Jake Rabbanian
It was a season unlike any other. The Dallas Cowboys were preparing for their 2016/ 2017 season after a brutal 4 -12 season they had suffered from the previous year. Before entering the new season, the Cowboys made some moves during the off-season and drafted the Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was obviously our best pick in the 2016 draft, but in addition to drafting Elliot; the Cowboys had also drafted someone who flew in under the radar. In the fourth round, Mississippi State Quarterback, Dakota Rain Prescott, was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys and soon had an immeasurable impact. Prescott was originally going to be a third or fourth string quarterback, but was soon moved up to be a starter when Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during a preseason game. The rookie duo of Dak and Elliot in the backfield was unimaginable as they led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record. This was the beginning of a franchise that will have a successful future.
In Dak’s first three seasons, he made a total of less than $2 million dollars, but has just signed an exclusive franchise tag and will receive a salary of $31.4 million for the 2020 season. Dak Prescott has continuously impressed for the Cowboys each and every year, but haters will continuously doubt that he is worth 34 million or that he has many flaws as a quarterback. Today I am here to debunk all those myths and speak on behalf of Dak Prescott and explain how he is a “Grown Ass Man.”
Some of the most notable Quarterbacks also drafted in Prescott’s class would be Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Both players had been drafted before Prescott with Goff being selected number one and Wentz going in the second round. In 2019 Goff signed a 4-year extension with the Rams worth 134 million, which gives him an annual salary of $33.5 million a year! On the other end, Wentz signed a deal with the Eagles in 2019 for 154 million for six years which also includes a guarantee of $107 million. This guarantee is the largest guarantee given to an NFL player ever. Despite the enormous amount of money Wentz and Goff are earning, Prescott has shown to have better overall records (36-19) than Jared Goff (28-17) and Carson Wentz (26-21).
Even though the Dallas Cowboys did not have a significant 2019/ 2020 season, Prescott showed an incredible amount of talent and played arguably his best football ever. He ranked sixth in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, all while dealing with a league-high of 30 drops for the season. Dak had also finished with a career best at second at that position in fantasy points. The Quarterback had also maintained a near perfect score of a total QBR of 96.9 in the 2019/ 2020 season.
As a Cowboys fan for many years, I have suffered many different emotions such as disappointment, humiliation, and triumph, but I truly believe that the Dallas Cowboys will be the ones lifting the Lombardi trophy in the upcoming season. The Cowboys are if not, the most talented team on paper. Our offense speaks for itself with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, and one of the greatest offensive lines to ever play the game of football. On the other hand, our defensive game is no joke. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are manning the middle, Demarcus Lawrence and Gerald McCoy are bringing the pressure to the Quarterback, and our tremendous defensive backs continuously apply pressure onto opponents receivers, I see the Cowboys easily placing first in their division and will be a top three team in the NFC. New additions such as Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb and HC Mike McCarthy are looking to turn “America’s Team” around.
The Dallas Cowboys are a team that have an incredible amount of potential to win future Super Bowls. Prescott has continuously won games, performed in clutch situations, and has the ability to take the Cowboys to a new level.