Arizona Cardinals: Senior Bowl Wrap-Up
With the Senior Bowl wrapping up, I have the pleasure of setting up my biggest climbers up the draft boards this week, and the biggest fallers. Some are surprising, while others are just no brainers, and we are beginning to see the draft play out like a stack of cards. The stage was set for these young athletes, and it was an interesting Senior Bowl.
I feel like there are some Senior Bowl representatives need some recognition, with a big Cardinals extravaganza, and we get to enjoy it. Don’t get mad if I left out guys who did well but are unreasonable as far draft consideration for the Cardinals. The kids that I mention are those who I think are particularly impressive, I like to mention their Senior Bowl practice week and the game. Let’s get it on!!!
Dak Prescott – QB
Mississippi State – Redshirt Senior
6-2, 226 Pounds
The stat line wasn’t great, but he really took control of the huddle and made quite an impression on scouts. You saw a lot of the intangibles, especially as a quarterback coming out of the SEC, so you could see the future of the Cardinals franchise in his hands.
Dak is a reasonable late 2nd round prospect who has impressed with a great stat line at Mississippi State. Problem with him even being mentioned in the same breath as Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, or fellow Senior Bowl buddy Carson Wentz, it’s the lack of size.
He stands at a measly six-two, not bad at all, but a lot of talent scouts want to see the type of size that Ben Roethlisberger (6-5) or Cam Newton (6-5) possess. Not a problem, it seems that size has not affected Dak, who realistically made a big impact at the Senior Bowl. Dak showed amazing poise in the pocket, seemed quite adept at throwing the deep ball a couple of times, and made positive reads on gap control.
I don’t know if Prescott is the future for the Cardinals, but like I’ve said before, the Cardinals really need to develop a quarterback very soon for the possible departure of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. 36 is not very heavy on the mind of Bruce Arians, but the future needs to be considered. Dak is quite clairvoyant in the pocket, showing superior ability to the other quarterback prospects.
My biggest fear of Dak Prescott is whether scouts still consider him a dual-threat quarterback, and maybe the scouts think he is a run-first quarterback. Fair enough, as he did eclipse 50+ yards running in 5 games, but in my opinion he is not going to be a Colin Kaepernick. Seems to be a different type of quarterback, and seems destined to carry the load.
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