Dak Prescott is officially coming back to Mississippi State. Almost all of the college football world thought Dak made a wise decision to return to Mississippi State, refine his skills, and possibly move his draft stock even higher than it currently is. Notice I said almost everyone. There were a few who thought it was a mistake for Dak to return to Starkville, and he needed to “strike while the iron is hot”. There was another group who thought it was a good idea to voice their opinion that Dak isn’t that good at football. And of course, there are the people who think they know what position Dak should play, you know, a different one than he has played his entire life. The common denominator? People who have to play Dak in 2015.
Dak is a special player, but he obviously has things that he needs to improve upon. Notice I used the word improve. Dak Prescott can certainly improve and take his draft status even higher. He needs to show that he is capable of throwing the ball away and not forcing the issue. Dak Prescott is a playmaker. He thinks he can make a play out of any situation, no matter how bad the play might have broken down.
And if you still don’t believe that he can improve, just look at his stats. His completion percentage went up by 3 points, his yards per attempt went up 1.4 yards, and his Touchdown to Interception ratio went from 1.3 to 1 to 2.45 to 1. If he made those types of leaps in just one year, it’s possible that he could make the same types of strides as a passer in one additional year.
The flip side is always true as well. He might not really improve, or he could get injured. But to go now means, at best, a second or third round draft selection. There would be little to no signing bonus, and Dak would sit on the bench as someone else’s backup. There isn’t any way for him to improve as a passer if he isn’t playing. The likely of him doing any worse than what he would this year is minimal. If you have a chance to improve your draft standing, it’s not a bad idea to do so. Dak is making the smart move, and if you don’t think so, it’s probably because of what he could do to your team in the year to come.