Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl after completing seven of 10 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's game.
The official Senior Bowl account tweeted this after the game ended:
CBS Sports has the senior quarterback as the sixth-best signal-caller in the upcoming draft class and has him projected to be taken between the third and fourth round.
Prescott stormed onto the national scene in 2014, leading Mississippi State to a 9-0 start and a spot in the Orange Bowl. He threw for 3,449 yards and 27 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to their first 10-win season since 1999 and was a dark-horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Declaring for the NFL draft early was an option in Prescott's mind, but only if he was projected to go in the first round, as he told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans:
One of the worst things is not going, getting injured and hurting your situation. I wouldn't risk it if I had a chance to go first round. I'm graduating college, and my time here will be done, I'll do exactly what I wanted to do. When the time came and there's an option, first, second or third round and I had the season I wanted to have, I'd go.
That was not the case, and Prescott returned to Mississippi State to have an even better senior season. Prescott threw for more yards (3,793), more touchdowns (29) and only five interceptions while completing 66.2 percent of his passes in 2015. The senior also ran for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns, ending his four-year career with 114 total touchdowns.
Despite having a better season in 2015, Prescott's draft stock appears to have fallen compared to the second-round grade he received at the end of his junior year. Prescott's performance in the Senior Bowl could bump him back toward the second round, and as CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd noted, the hope is that good fortune comes Prescott's way:
I hope nothing but good happens to Dak Prescott. Such a class kid.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 30, 2016
Prescott took a chance by coming back for his senior year, but as he showed on the field and in the Senior Bowl, it was the right choice. He may not get the first-round grade he coveted as a junior, but his stock could rise with a good performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Anthony "Booger" McFarland of the SEC Network feels Prescott could be the best quarterback in the draft class:
In a QB class that a lot of people think is weak, I'd take Dak Prescott and in 2-3 years he will be better than any of these guys, #leader— Booger (@SECbooger) January 30, 2016
He has four years of college football under his belt, and for a team that needs a steal on Day 2 of the draft, Prescott could be the perfect choice.