IRVING, Texas – It's been one of the biggest questions this offseason: will the Cowboys draft a quarterback to develop for the future behind Tony Romo?
The answer is officially yes.
On Saturday, the Cowboys drafted Mississippi State's Dak Prescott with their fourth-round compensatory pick (No. 135) overall, adding a young prospect to a quarterback depth chart that includes Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers behind long-time starter Romo.
"This means everything. It's something I've dreamed about, running around the house acting like I was a Cowboys quarterback my whole life," Prescott said. "For it all to come true, it's such a blessing."
Prescott is the first quarterback drafted by the Cowboys since Stephen McGee was selected at the top of the fourth round in 2009.
A three-year starter and two-time All-American in college, Prescott was one of four players in FBS history to throw 70 touchdown passes and run for 40 touchdowns in his career. He led Mississippi State to No. 1 in the polls during his 2014 junior season.
Prescott said he went through a scheduled workout with Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson during the pre-draft process, and also was among the Cowboys' 30 allotted prospect visits to Valley Ranch earlier in April.
Now he has a chance to learn from Romo, who will enter his 11th season as the Cowboys' starter in 2016.
"He goes out there and wins a lot of games and always has the Cowboys in position to win a game," Prescott said. "I felt like I did the same thing in college. To come into the Cowboys and learn under him will be exciting."
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