My Scouting Report for Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

Team : Dallas Cowboys | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : myles.whitmore . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
Dak Prescott has adequate arm strength downfield. In fact, overthrows are a bigger concern than his underthrows.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
Dak Prescott is a great distributor at short range due to his vision. Last season, he completed many short passes that beat tight coverage. However, his poor mechanics also led to misfires.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Dak Prescott's intermediate accuracy was a tremendous asset for the Cowboys. His ability to locate receivers 10+ yards downfield and complete off-platform passes made Prescott a threat on 3rd and long. Moreover, his poise in the pocket led to many dimes that shredded tight coverage and led to numerous big-time throws.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Despite being known as a dink-and-dunk passer, Prescott has dependable deep passing accuracy. While the Cowboys tend to favor short and intermediate passes, Dak fires some deep bombs to WRs like Michael Gallup in clutch situations.
Pocket Presence
Dak Prescott's elusiveness and poise make him an above-average QB against the blitz. However, he tends to hold onto the football too long because he over relies on his OL.
Dak Prescott is an efficient and effective dual-threat quarterback who uses his legs to move the chains on late downs. However, he needs to refine his mechanics to become more accurate while throwing on the run.
Dak Prescott can go through his progressions with relative ease.
Dak Prescott's mechanics need to improve. Throughout his college and professional career, Prescott's release has been too long and early. Plus, he often has poor footing and throws with an improper base. These two issues lead to many errant passes with inaccurate placement.
Throughout Prescott's career, he has suffered extensive elbow, shoulder, and ankle injuries. The elbow and shoulder injuries are concerning since Prescott struggles with his throwing motion. Moreover, his recent ankle fracture will worsen his footwork.
Dak Prescott is a proven leader for the Dallas Cowboys. Despite the flack he's received, Prescott has rallied his team in numerous clutch situations. Plus, he has the respect of veterans like Demarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Elliot. His ability to lead by example helps his receivers play at their best. Plus, he refrains from scandalous off-field behavior and sets the tone and voice of the locker room.
Game Management
Dak Prescott can play as an above-average game manager who moves the chains effectively. However, his tendency to test tight coverage leads to risky reads that get intercepted. He is an intelligent QB but is far from conservative.
Throughout most games, Dak Prescott makes good decisions. However, when he does make a mistake, it usually is a turnover-worthy throw into double coverage. This inconsistency mars his game along with his mechanics. Proper mechanics and footwork could mitigate some of his turnovers.
Standing at 6'2", 229 lbs. Dak Prescott has a good quarterback frame.
Prescott has above-average speed for a QB. While Dak is more agile and smart than he is fast, he has enough wheels to brush past DTs and DEs. Therefore, he is an effective rushing threat who has a nose for the first down marker.
Play-Making Ability
When the Cowboys are desperate, Dak Prescott is a clutch QB who can pull off some miraculous throws. While it helps to have talented wide receivers, Prescott's intermediate accuracy and vision extend chains and make him a threat anywhere near the red zone. Plus, he fired seven perfectly placed deep passes in his first three games of the 2020 season.
Dak Prescott is one of the most consistently productive quarterbacks in the NFL. He has had four incredibly productive seasons in his five years in the NFL. Additionally, he led the NFL in 400-yard passing games last season despite fracturing his ankle in week five. Plus, he is a dual-threat QB who can carry his team on the ground as well.
Dak Prescott is a versatile QB with a well-rounded skill set. His poise, elusiveness, and vision make him an effective dual-threat QB who can extend plays with his legs. Plus, he has the IT factor and leadership necessary to carry his team in crucial situations.
Prescott donates to charities and has not had any off-field issues besides a DUI.
Dak Prescott is a dependable QB. Within Kellen Moore's offense, he is a threat to put up 300 yards in any game and 4,000 yards in any season. He did have lapses in the 2019 and 2017 seasons. Nevertheless, the Cowboys made a good investment by extending his contract.
Dak Prescott's biggest strength is his intermediate accuracy. Prescott gives receivers like Amari Cooper tons of room for yards after the catch by throwing perfectly placed passes. Additionally, his intermediate passing and mobility make him an excellent dual-threat QB, especially on late downs. Additionally, Prescott knows when to check the ball down to the open receiver 0-9 yards downfield. However, he can also sling it deep to wideouts like Michael Gallup due to his vision, anticipation, and playmaking ability.
The biggest weakness of Prescott's game is his mechanics. His throwing motion and platform are each flawed and lead to misfires that get intercepted. His tendency to throw off-platform is incredibly infuriating because it can turn a good read into a turnover-worthy pass. Additionally, Prescott is too reliant on his OL and holds onto the football way too long in the pocket. While his poise is impressive, he needs to do a better job feeling pressure in the pocket because many sacks are his fault.
Overall Analysis
The Cowboys made a good decision by extending Dak Prescott's contract. Throughout his five-year career, Prescott has had four impressive seasons and carried his team to the playoffs multiple times. He is also a well-rounded quarterback who has not even hit his ceiling. However, if he refines his mechanics, he could become a smarter and even more explosive thrower like Josh Allen in 2020. As of right now, he is a borderline top-ten QB.
Compares to
Donovan McNabb and Sam Darnold
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak