(Dak Prescott photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)
(Carson Wentz photo courtesy of Brian Garfinkel/Philadelphia Eagles)
Talk of Fame Network
Jared Goff was the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft and Carson Wentz the second. But the quarterback who may have the best future is Dak Prescott, a fourth-round selection of the Cowboys.
At least that’s the opinion of the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network, who in last week’s poll overwhelmingly voted Prescott the quarterback who will have the most productive rookie season. Prescott plays for the Cowboys, Wentz the Eagles and Goff the Rams.
Prescott received 61.3 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Wentz at 18.7 percent. Denver’s Paxton Lynch, another first-rounder, was next at 12 percent followed by Goff at 5.3 percent and Christian Hackenberg of the New York Jets at 2.7 percent. Hackenberg was a second-round draft pick.
Prescott and Wentz were the only two rookie quarterbacks to make their starting debuts on opening day. Prescott threw for 227 yards with no touchdowns in a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants, and Wentz passed for 278 yards and two scores in a 29-10 romp over the Cleveland Browns.
The three Talk of Fame Network hosts – Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge – all voted for Wentz.
“I will ignore the noise and the Cowboys and say the Eagles will go from Wentz they came,” Borges said. “Carson Wentz has the arm to do it all.”
Judge added that he preferred Wentz “because he’ll play longer than any of the others. The more play, the more hay.”
Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes with no turnovers and two sacks in his debut. Prescott completed 25 of 45 passes with no turnovers and no sacks.
Since 1960, there have been 134 quarterbacks who made their starting debuts as rookies, and Prescott became only the seventh to throw 45 passes in a game. But he’s the only one of the seven who did not throw an interception. Six of the seven quarterbacks lost their starts, with Eric Zeier (Cleveland, 1995) the only winner.
His coach? Bill Belichick.