Is Dak Prescott a ‘Top Tier’ NFL Quarterback?

Debates about who stands in the top tier of NFL Quarterbacks are always a discussion, in June or during the middle of the season in December. Certain players are unanimously thought of as “the best in the game” including Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers.

One player is consistently debated about year after year if they are an elite quarterback or just another guy.

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Dak Prescott.

In this article, I want to look at the signs that point to Prescott being in the top group of NFL Quarterbacks and what sets him apart from the “middle of the road” players.

Before we delve into Dak, I want to lay out some groundwork of who I think ranks among the best at the position.

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Top NFL Quarterbacks List:

  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Tom Brady
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Russell Wilson
  • Josh Allen
  • Justin Herbert
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Joe Burrow

This set of names makes up the top tier and Dak Prescott belongs in this group.

Since coming into the league as a 4th round pick, Prescott has yet to have a losing record in the regular season. He has never finished below .500 and has secured the Cowboys 3 playoff berths in his time as the Cowboys quarterback. He has a career record of 53-32.

He has passed for over 22,000 yards, 143 passing touchdowns to 50 interceptions, and rushed for 25 touchdowns. Bringing his total touchdown to 168.

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A majority of the debate surrounding Dak as a top quarterback is his record in the playoffs. A 1-3 record seems to overshadow a remarkable career for the Mississippi State alum. 

Dan Orlovsky recently said that Dak was a quarterback that “you win WITH” rather than a quarterback “you win BECAUSE of”. This is simply not true. The Cowboys struggled mightily in 2020 without Prescott under center, finishing with a 6-10 record and secured a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft.

In 2021, a year removed from a career-threatening injury, Prescott broke the Cowboys single season touchdown record with 37. While breaking records, he propelled the Cowboys to a 12-5 total record and a playoff berth. Like many people say, “They didn’t win so it doesn’t matter” is simply not true. 12 wins in the NFL is hard and something that many quarterbacks in the league only dream of.

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Aaron Rodgers has a horrific playoff record, but somehow he still stands as one of the best QBs in the league.

As a Cowboys fan and close viewer of the team, I like to think that Dak will prove this year that he is indeed one of the best QBs in the entire NFL. A full offseason of preparation, rehab, and practice should put him on track to do just that.

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