The Dallas Cowboys selected Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, with the 135th overall selection.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys targeted but missed on quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook in the first and fourth rounds. The team continues to look for a suitable successor to 36-year-old Tony Romo and brings Prescott into the fold for development.
Prescott is the first quarterback Dallas has drafted since 2009, when it drafted Stephen McGee. Prescott threw for 3,793 yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions as a senior and was the MVP of the Senior Bowl. He was arrested in March for DUI, and ESPN reports the team met with him and was comfortable with the pick.
Kellen Moore is the other backup quarterback on the roster. Dallas selected running back Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall.