Cowboys land Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have finally picked a quarterback.

The team on Saturday used their fourth-round pick -- at No. 135 overall -- to pick Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State.

"He's a solid prospect to develop as a starting quarterback," NFL Media's Mike Mayock said. "... You want to talk about a young man that's tough, has arm strength. Does he have to learn how to play the position and continue to develop? Absolutely. But I think learning behind Tony Romo, getting an opportunity with no pressure to come in and get reps behind him, he's got the athletic ability, he's got the arm talent. Ultimately, I think he's got the ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL down the road."

Prescott is the first quarterback picked by the Cowboys since Stephen McGee in the fourth round back in 2009. The rookie has a legitimate shot to steal away the No. 2 job behind Romo with Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers as the only other competition on the roster.

Prescott carried Mississippi State on his shoulders, leading one scout to tell Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "This was not a good team but for two years they competed against the best teams. He was the entire team there. The guy's just a winner. He's got patience, focus, makes quick decisions, good arm strength, nice touch, stands tall in the pocket under pressure."

A mobile signal-caller, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound Prescott posted a 23-10 record in college and also ran for 2,501 yards and 41 touchdowns. If some teams were turned off by his March arrest for DUI, others questioned if he could emerge as a true pro signal-caller, with another scout telling McGinn: "He's got no accuracy, got no vision. I don't think he's an NFL quarterback."

The Cowboys feel differently, giving Prescott a legitimate opportunity to develop into a potential starter once Romo calls it quits.

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