Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott might leave for the NFL if he learns he is worthy of a first-round NFL Draft Grade. Heck, he may even leave for the pros with a second or third-round draft grade. Prescott explained to SI.com why he would seriously consider leaving Mississippi State for the NFL if the situation is right.
“One of the worst things is not going, getting injured and hurting your situation,” Prescott said to SI.com. “I wouldn’t risk it if I had a chance to go first round. I’m graduating college, and my time here will be done, I’ll do exactly what I wanted to do.”
Prescott is currently one of the hot names in the Heisman Trophy conversation, and his role in leading Mississippi State to the top of the college football world has been fueled by huge wins in three straight weeks against SEC West competition. Many scouts seem to compare Prescott to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow was a bust, we know, but scouts also note Prescott offers most things Tebow was able to do and he adds the ability to throw the football.
There is still a second half of the season to play, which means things could change quickly if things start to go the other way for Prescott and Mississippi State. Prescott is mindful of this, telling SI he would consider leaving only if he receives a decent enough draft grade and accomplishes enough this season.
Players leaving early for the NFL Draft has become more and more common, and equally as alarming. Last season saw a record number of underclassmen declare for the NFL draft, but many went undrafted and left without a chance to make an NFL roster. Players being given poor advice may play a role in some of that trend, but some players have even skipped a year of eligibility to take a chance in the NFL Waters despite a poor draft grade.
Keep in mind that a draft grade does not necessarily mean a player is guaranteed to be drafted in that particular round. Ultimately it always comes back to team needs by franchise. Some years end up being better for quarterbacks than others, for example. If 10 quarterbacks receive a first-round draft grade, it is not a guarantee all 10 will be drafted in the first round. And a quarterback with a second-round grade could still be drafted ahead of a first-round graded player. Again, it is always about what NFL team needs what.
Whatever happens, hopefully Prescott will make a good decision to stay or go based on good information and advice and discussion with those that matter most to him.