There is always going to be conversation regarding where Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott ranks at his position across the league. Prescott has proven to be among the best in the NFL, but there seems to always be skeptics.

That typically comes with the territory of being the face of the Dallas Cowboys. There is perhaps no more scrutinized player than the quarterback of America’s Team. All eyes are on the signal caller at all times.


ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler publishes positional rankings every year that includes input from league executives, officials, and coaches. On Monday, Fowler published his quarterback rankings, and it has already stirred some debate.

To no surprise, Patrick Mahomes sit atop of the list. The Kansas City Chiefs superstar is on his way to legendary status. Aaron Rogers came in on the list just behind Mahomes, with Tom Brady rounding out the top-three. Hard to argue too much with any of that.

Dak Prescott is not too far down in the rankings. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback lands at number 7 on the list. Prescott ranks behind Josh Allen at five and Matthew Stafford at six. On the other hand, Prescott finds himself ranked just ahead of Lamar Jackson.

“Lamar is a better all-around football player, Dak is the better QB,” one AFC exec said.

Dak Prescott was on pace for a historic 2020 season prior to suffering a gruesome injury in week five that cut his season short. Before that, Prescott threw for nearly 5,000 yards and accounted for over 30 touchdowns in 2019.

Voters do not appear to be too concerned with how Prescott will perform in his first season back on the football field, based on the results that Fowler compiled. It is clear to many around the league that Prescott’s play has been spectacular.

“He, individually, was pretty impressive,” said a veteran NFL quarterback. “Couldn’t do better than that. It was high-level play.”

Prescott and the Cowboys have failed to capitalize on the quarterback’s impressive play as of late, though. The Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2019 before beginning the 2020 campaign on a less-than-ideal note.

An improved defense should go a long way in turning that trend around. Dak Prescott will certainly be one of the biggest factors in Dallas getting to that next level of success.

“He can throw it deep into the playoffs because of his ability to be accurate from the pocket at all levels and also extend plays with his legs,” a veteran NFL quarterback said.

We do not have to wait too much longer to see Dak Prescott back on the football field. Prescott has an opportunity to establish himself as one of the elite passers in the league with a strong 2021 season.

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