clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tony Romo has broken bone in back: It could have been Connor Cook not Dak Prescott to rescue

New, comments

Tony Romo is set to miss probably half the season with a broken bone in his back. Preseason rookie sensation Dak Prescott steps up. But the Cowboys were ready to go in another direction at QB if not for the Raiders.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

I think it's safe to say the Cowboys are pretty happy with how the draft turned out. They were all set to draft Michigan State QB Connor Cook in the fourth round of the draft until the Raiders traded up ahead of them and took him.

The Raiders swapped fourth round picks (114 for 100) with the Browns and sent a fifth rounder to Cleveland to move up to get Cook. That move for the Raiders was a head-scratcher, but they weren't the only ones looking to move up to get Cook. So were the Cowboys.

With the oft injured Tony Romo approaching his twilight years, the Cowboys have been looking for an insurance plan. Jerry Jones saw Cook still on the board and wanted to take him at pick 101. The Raiders were more aggressive and jumped ahead of them to get Cook.

That left the Cowboys still in need of some Romo security. They found what they deemed to be a consolation prize in Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott at pick 135 in the fourth round. Since then, they couldn't be happier with how things shook out.

Prescott leads all quarterbacks through three preseason games with 39 completions on 50 attempts with 454 yards, 5 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 137.8 passer rating. Meanwhile Cook has seen limited snaps as the third quarterback behind Derek Carr and Matt McGloin.

This is not a knock on Cook. It's also not a projection of either player's long term success. And of course this is just preseason. But if you're the Cowboys, who are already facing what seemed inevitable -- losing Tony Romo to injury -- you have to feel better about where Prescott sits in his development right now.

Had the Raiders not broke character in trading up in the draft for a position that wasn't a need, we would be having a very different conversation right now. Who knows, the Raiders might have gone with Prescott if they stay at pick 114? Now there's an interesting thought.