The Dallas Cowboys certainly felt like a team in need of a “quarterback of the future” in the 2016 NFL Draft. Owner/GM Jerry Jones’ apparent answer was Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, whom was selected in the 4th round of the draft.
He became the first QB drafted by Jones and the Cowboys since 2009, but instead of celebrating the quarterback they do have it appears Jones and Co. are kicking themselves over the one that got away.
That quarterback that got away was none other than Memphis’ Paxton Lynch.
As Jones spoke to the media on Saturday, he spoke of the desire to make a deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the first round to draft Lynch, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“When I look back on my life, I overpaid for my big successes every time. And when I tried to get a bargain, get it a little cheaper or get a better deal on it, I ended up usually either getting it and not happy I got it. Or missing it.
“And I probably should have overpaid here.”
Of course, it was the Denver Broncos who ultimately jumped up to the Seahawks’ pick.
Just how close were things between the Cowboys and Seahawks? Jones believed he had the trade pulled off before Denver came in to the mix.
The Cowboys’ urgency for depth and a plan for the future at quarterback was no more evident than not only its willingness to make a trade back in to the first round, but to try and make a deal to jump to the top of the fourth round and select Connor Cook of Michigan State.
It didn’t work out again, as the Oakland Raiders jumped them to select Cook.
One has to wonder if this bit of news would dampen the mood of Prescott, but that is highly unlikely for the life-long Cowboys fan, who spoke to ESPN following his selection in the fourth round.
“This means everything. It was just something I dreamed about. I ran around the house acting like I was a Cowboys quarterback my whole life, so for it all to come true, it’s such a blessing. Just being here with my family, and [owner Jerry] Jones gave me that call, and just the excitement to have my family a majority of Cowboys fans, it was awesome.”
At the end of the draft, Jones believes he’s got the quarterback to complete the Aaron Rodgers-Brett Favre tutelage program that worked so well in Green Bay a decade or so ago.