Last Man Standing: Cowboys’ Prescott only 2016 QB with original team

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Dave Sturchio
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With the Philadelphia Eagles trading quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, the 2016 quarterback draft class has crowned it’s winner. 15 were selected by respective cities but all have been on the move and are no longer with the team that drafted them. All except one. Though going through a contract negotiation, Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is the last man standing with his original team.

In 2016 both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles moved mountains in order to trade up and get their guy. The Rams swapped with Tennessee for the rights to select Jared Goff and the Eagles dealt with the Cleveland Browns to acquire Carson Wentz. Prescott watched with patience as he saw the likes of Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler and Connor Cook all taken prior to being selected after the fourth round with Dallas’ compensatory pick.

One might be asking where these said quarterbacks are now. Well unfortunately for Lynch, Hackenberg, Kessler and Cook, they no longer have a home in the NFL.

For guys like Brissett, Goff and now Wentz, they all have new addresses. Brissett might even find a third home as he approaches free agency in 2021.

One also may ask about the seven QBs taken after Prescott. Two are no longer playing in the league, two of them are with their second team, two of them are with their fourth and one is with their fifth NFL team. Sorry Kevin Hogan.

It’s notable Prescott is still standing strong with his team. Yes, there is a tiring contract negotiation happening but based on everything the media has heard from the Jones family, something will get done. Prescott’s on the field work speaks for itself. In 69 career games, Prescott has posted a 42-27 record as a starter. He’s thrown for over 17,500 yards and has tossed 106 touchdowns to just 40 interceptions. Prescott also sports a unique running ability in which he’s tallied over 1,300 rushing yards and added 24 touchdowns to his resume. He’s a winner by all regards but an afterthought to QB-needy teams in the 2016 draft.

Goff would technically be considered the class’ most successful as he led the Rams to the Super Bowl but fell short to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. What else is new. Now that Goff is in Detroit, Prescott is the only one with the opportunity to lead his original team to the promise land and pace-set his draft class in terms of on and off the field success.

Provided, of course, the Cowboys pay Dak Prescott.

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