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Cowboys’ Dak Prescott is the Most Impactful Quarterback Drafted in 2016

By Chris Malumphy

Fifteen quarterbacks were drafted in 2016 with three taken in the first round including the first two picks. But fourth rounder Dak Prescott, the eighth quarterback selected, will be the first to have immediate impact by starting for the Dallas Cowboys on opening day as the replacement for the injured Tony Romo. Prescott deserves the honor. During the preseason he has far outplayed all of the other 14 quarterbacks drafted earlier this year. His quarterback rating of 137.8 is 40 points greater than his nearest rival. He has thrown the most touchdown passes and has yet to be intercepted. None of the other quarterbacks drafted in 2016 is close to his 78% completion rate, the nearest being Miami's Brandon Doughty at 71%. And Prescott and the Cowboys' receivers have been amassing some significant yardage, 9.1 yards per attempt; the next highest is New England's Jacoby Brissett at 6.9. These are preseason statistics to be sure, but the only other rookie quarterback near a starting spot now is Denver's Paxton Lynch, and he has yet to be given the nod.

The top two picks in the draft, Jared Goff for the relocated Rams and Carson Wentz for the Eagles will be on the bench opening day, neither having excelled during the preseason and with Wentz tending to injured ribs. [Update: the Eagles' trade of Sam Bradford to the Vikings is likely to get Wentz on the playing field sooner than expected.] Paxton Lynch of the Broncos may not get the opening day start, but he is likely to be the main man in Denver very, very soon. The Jets selection of Christian Hackenberg is likely to be as memorable as the selection of fellow Penn Stater Todd Blackledge by the Kansas City Chiefs back in 1983 ahead of Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O'Brien and a fella named Dan Marino. Jacoby Brisset has done ok in New England, but I believe Bill Belichick already thinks he is set at quarterback. Cody Kessler has done nothing but complete some dinks in Cleveland and has yet to challenge Robert Griffin or even Josh McCown. Connor Cook has played poorly in Oakland. Cardale Jones hasn't shown much accuracy or consistency in Buffalo.

The Chiefs Kevin Hogan has barely gotten on the field for a team with great depth, if somewhat limited talent, at quarterback. [Update: the Chiefs cut Hogan, who thne signed with the Browns.] In Washington, Nate Sudfeld won't be challenging Kurt Cousins or Colt McCoy anytime soon. Jake Rudock has shown enough talent that he could challenge for the backup spot someday. Brandon Allen is probably a year away for challenging for the backup position in Jacksonville. If only Jeff Driskel were better, he might have actually had the chance to challenge for the backup or even starting role in San Francisco which currently has the worst quarterback situation in the NFL. Brandon Doughty, the fifteenth quarterback drafted in 2016, has done well enough that he could hang on as a third stringer with the potential to be a backup in years ahead.

Preseason Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted in 2016
NameRndPickPlyrTeamCollegeAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Jared
Goff
111RamsCalifornia492244.92324.724.124.142955.8
Carson
Wentz
122EaglesNorth Dakota State241250.0893.700.014.20041.8
Paxton
Lynch
12626BroncosMemphis684058.84586.745.922.972686.5
Christian
Hackenberg
22051JetsPenn State471736.21593.412.124.31635.7
Jacoby
Brissett
32991PatriotsNorth Carolina State563867.93876.911.800.061793.4
Cody
Kessler
33193BrownsUSC281967.9923.313.600.074284.2
Connor
Cook
42100RaidersMichigan State563155.43686.600.035.42453.3
Dak
Prescott
437135CowboysMississippi State503978.04549.1510.000.026137.8
Cardale
Jones
441139BillsOhio State592949.23626.111.723.431160.1
Kevin
Hogan
525162ChiefsStanford15746.7362.400.016.70025.7
Nate
Sudfeld
612187RedskinsIndiana532852.82384.535.700.064283.7
Jake
Rudock
616191LionsMichigan513058.83336.547.812.01696.3
Brandon
Allen
626201JaguarsArkansas482756.33026.324.236.332863.0
Jeff
Driskel
63220749ersLouisiana Tech311548.41324.300.026.521333.3
Brandon
Doughty
72223DolphinsWestern Kentucky282071.41856.600.000.053889.1

Competition for Quarterbacks Drafted in 2016
Los Angeles Rams
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Sean Mannion603965.03255.446.711.785794.1
Jared Goff492244.92324.724.124.142955.8
Case Keenum241875.01887.814.200.019111.1
Note: Jared Goff may be the future, but the jobs of Case Keenum and Sean Mannion seem safe until Goff can complete more than 45% of his passes.
Philadelphia Eagles
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Chase Daniel603761.73325.511.723.352568.2
Sam Bradford403280.02857.125.012.5225102.6
Carson Wentz241250.0893.700.014.20041.8
McLeod Bethel-Thompson211676.21115.300.000.00087.6
Note: Incumbent Sam Bradford is playing well and Carson Wentz's playing time was limited due to injury.
Denver Broncos
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Paxton Lynch684058.84586.745.922.972686.5
Trevor Siemian432762.82856.612.324.70070.4
Mark Sanchez302066.72197.313.313.331085.3
Note: Paxton Lynch is outplaying his competition and the job could be his much sooner than anyone thought. His sack totals are a concern however.
New York Jets
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Bryce Petty563257.14818.635.411.862495.9
Christian Hackenberg471736.21593.412.124.31635.7
Geno Smith321753.11404.413.113.10062.0
Ryan Fitzpatrick291655.21836.313.400.022285.8
Note: Christian Hackenberg is playing worse than any of the other quarterbacks drafted in 2016. He has no right playing third string ahead of Bryce Petty unless Petty's injury is serious.
New England Patriots
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Jacoby Brissett563867.93876.911.800.061793.4
Jimmy Garoppolo543666.74067.511.900.032495.1
Tom Brady351954.32426.925.712.921183.3
Note: Jacoby Brissett has played fine, but unless their is an injury, he probably won't see the field this year behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Cleveland Browns
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Robert Griffin III382257.93138.237.912.6628100.0
Josh McCown371951.41915.200.012.742555.1
Cody Kessler281967.9923.313.600.074284.2
Austin Davis9444.4323.600.000.00053.9
Note: Coach Hue Jackson has a lot of faith in Cody Kessler, but it is Robert Griffin's job for now with Josh McCown likely to be the number one backup unless he is traded. Kessler had an excellent completion percentage in the preseason, but only an infinitesimal 3.3 yard average per attempt.
Oakland Raiders
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Connor Cook563155.43686.600.035.42453.3
Derek Carr382463.22516.625.312.61888.8
Matt McGloin351954.31514.325.712.90072.4
Note: Derek Carr's job is not in jeopardy. Connor Cook played poorly in the preseason, but he does get the ball further downfield than backup Matt McGloin.
Dallas Cowboys
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Jameill Showers622946.83185.123.211.653166.5
Dak Prescott503978.04549.1510.000.026137.8
Tony Romo6583.36010.000.000.011108.3
Note: Dak Prescott has been the rookie quarterback star of the preseason and will start for the Cowboys due to Tony Romo's back injury.
Buffalo Bills
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
EJ Manuel754053.33915.222.711.374971.6
Cardale Jones592949.23626.111.723.431160.1
Tyrod Taylor181161.11508.315.600.024106.2
Note: Cardale Jones hasn't done anything to threaten Tyrod Taylor's starting job yet.
Kansas City Chiefs
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Alex Smith463269.63547.712.200.03999.4
Aaron Murray412561.02736.700.037.343850.2
Nick Foles352468.62356.700.000.00087.2
Tyler Bray261350.01525.800.000.00068.1
Kevin Hogan15746.7362.400.016.70025.7
Note: Of all the quarterbacks drafted in 2016, Kevin Hogan has played the least. With vets Alex Smith and Nick Foles in front of him, he can sit back and spend the year in learning mode, if he makes the team or the practice squad.
Washington Redskins
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Nate Sudfeld532852.82384.535.700.064283.7
Colt McCoy372773.02717.325.412.7211100.2
Kirk Cousins281760.72278.1310.713.6110107.3
Note: Nate Sudfeld had three touchdown pass with no interceptions in the preseason, but Kirk Cousins is the entrenched starter in Washington and Colt McCoy has proven to be an excellent backup.
Detroit Lions
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Dan Orlovsky563358.93386.011.823.61667.4
Jake Rudock513058.83336.547.812.01696.3
Matthew Stafford402665.02666.600.012.542773.5
Note: Jake Rudock is no threat to Matt Stafford, but Dan Orlovsky better beware.
Jacksonville Jaguars
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Brandon Allen482756.33026.324.236.332863.0
Chad Henne371951.42025.512.725.421054.1
Blake Bortles342470.62427.125.900.016110.2
Max Wittek8112.5202.500.0112.5000.0
Note: Brandon Allen has played at least as well as, and has possibly outplayed, Chad Henne. But the Jaguars are looking for a breakthrough season and if anything happens to rising star Blake Bortles, Henne is likely to get the first call. By next year, however, Henne may be gone with Allen first in line for the backup position.
San Francisco 49ers
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Jeff Driskel311548.41324.300.026.521333.3
Christian Ponder251664.01987.914.014.031885.1
Colin Kaepernick241354.21174.900.000.00067.5
Blaine Gabbert221254.51466.614.500.00090.3
Thad Lewis211257.1974.600.000.01768.9
Note: It is unfortunate that Jeff Driskel is a sixth round talent, and has played like one in the preseason, because the 49ers quarterback situation is so bad that it is making Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder look good. Driskel has the worst completion percentage and average yards per attempt of the five quarterbacks vying for the position, including Colin Kaepernick and Thad Lewis.
Miami Dolphins
NameAttCPctYdsAvgTDTD
Pct
IntInt
Pct
SacksYds
Lost
QB
Rating
Ryan Tannehill533464.23256.123.811.91485.8
Zac Dysert312064.52026.513.213.20080.3
Brandon Doughty282071.41856.600.000.053889.1
Matt Moore151173.31268.416.716.731792.6
Note: At this point, Brandon Doughty will not displace Ryan Tennehill or Matt Moore, but he is a challenge to Zac Dysert. Doughty could also stick if the Dolphins decide to move on from Moore as the primary backup.

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