Are the Denver Broncos interested in Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott? One report indicates they are…
What are the Denver Broncos going to do at the quarterback position? Well, right now, they are simply waiting for a final decision from Peyton Manning, although you’d have to assume they already have a pretty good idea about what the 18-year NFL legend is about to do.
With Manning’s announcement on his future looming, it’s clear the Broncos are going to soon turn their focus to trying to re-sign Brock Osweiler. According to a report from WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell, Osweiler is seeking around $12 million per season on a multi-year contract to remain with the Broncos, while Denver is hoping to pay at most $10 million per season.
Either number is insane, but the supply and demand for quarterbacks is ridiculous in the NFL today.
Hence the subject of this post, one of the SEC’s best offensive players over the last three years and one of the top senior quarterbacks in this class — Dak Prescott.
In the same report from Campbell, he cites a source telling him the Broncos are ‘enamored’ with Prescott and there’s certainly good reason why. Prescott was not only productive at Mississippi State, he proved over the course of his time there that he is adaptable, coachable, and one of the best leaders in the country.
Many considered him a Tim Tebow clone early on, but as his career developed, so did his skills as a passer. On a career-high 477 pass attempts last season, Prescott set career marks in completion percentage (66.2) yards (3,793) and TD/INT ratio (29/5) among a number of other things.
He cut his rush attempts from 210 to 160 from his junior to senior seasons, and was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl for his performance.
To get Prescott, I think the Broncos would have to use their second round selection, possibly their first rounder. QBs are going to fly off the board early on in this draft, and if Prescott is the best available going into round two or three, then there’s no way he’s going to make it to the bottom of the round to the Broncos’ pick.
How does he fit with the Broncos?
Well, the answer to that is simply ‘perfectly’. Prescott is exactly what you would want in a young quarterback for this offense, and has the tools you love to be able to work with despite his flaws. He has had accuracy issues in his career and he needs work with his footwork in the pocket, but there is certainly a lot to work with here and his decision making got consistently better over the course of his career.
With the amount that quarterbacks spend outside the pocket in Gary Kubiak’s offense, a player with the athleticism of Prescott would be a welcomed addition. Also, there’s no reason to believe the Broncos would have to thrust him onto the field sooner rather than later. They could give him the time he needs to develop as a player before putting him out with the wolves, and I’d be willing to bet on this guy with some time to develop.
Apparently, the Broncos are thinking about that as well…