The Cleveland Browns have had little luck drafting quarterbacks since their reentry into the NFL, but based on comments made by head coach Hue Jackson, they considered selecting a signal-caller who turned out to be the steal of this year's draft.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Jackson admitted that when the Browns took quarterback Cody Kessler with pick No. 93 in the third round, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was discussed as well.
"We liked [Prescott]," Jackson said. "Obviously, he's shown to be really good. He was definitely a guy that was in consideration, but obviously we have the guy that we took and they have the guy that they took. Everybody has the right guy for them, and he fits for them."
Cleveland and Dallas will meet Sunday with Prescott leading the 6-1 Cowboys, while Kessler may be in line to start for the 0-8 Browns after getting cleared from concussion protocol, per Cabot.
Prescott stepped in when Tony Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason, and he has been nothing short of spectacular with 1,773 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions through the air to go along with four rushing scores.
He is very much in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and would be the clear favorite if not for his teammate in running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Kessler has started five games for the Browns, and although he has gone 0-5 and been forced to leave two early due to injury, he has been solid with four touchdowns and just one interception, as well as a quarterback rating of 94.4 as opposed to Prescott's 99.6.
Prescott's success has naturally led to questions about whether the Browns made the right decision in allowing him to slip to Dallas with pick No. 135 in the fourth round, but Jackson isn't focusing on that, according to Cabot: "None of that matters right now. He's at Dallas, and we have the guy that we drafted so I do not want to go beyond that."
Although Prescott may prove to be a far superior player to Kessler, there is no guarantee he would be performing so well in Cleveland.
Prescott is helped by the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack with the Cowboys, while the Browns rank 11th in that regard and don't have a running back as dynamic as Elliott.
Until Kessler and the Browns turn things around and ascend from the NFL's basement, however, it is likely that fans and pundits will wonder what could have been had Cleveland nabbed one of the league's fastest-rising stars in Prescott.
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