Dallas Cowboys (Written in Mid July 2016)
Author – Bryan Trulen
#9 Tony Romo 6’2″ 230 14th Year, Eastern Illinois
Tony Romo had one of the best years of his career in 2014 as he played at an MVP level in leading Dallas deep into the playoffs and essentially making a big time pressure throw to beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game before having the reception over turned. Romo however had an injury plagued 2015 as staying on the field was a year long struggle. When he did play he was inconsistent and at times played poorly. All indications are that he has had a great off-season and is ready to play at a high level again in 2016.
On Film, Romo continues to display a whip like release of the football, something that has been a staple of his game since entering the league in 2001. Romo boasts possibly the quickest release in all of the league. Tony is naturally accurate- making a variety of types of throws and throws with elite touch. Romo exemplifies a QB who can beat you time after time as he combines his quick release with tremendous touch allowing him to fit balls into tight windows over and around defenders enabling his WR’s to make routine catches in traffic. As a intuitive passer, Romo is very adept at changing ball speeds
Romo naturally likes to play within the defined structure of the play but if forced to improvise out of structure can do so as he uses his elite pocket feel to spin out, step up and throw on the run at a Pro- Bowl Level. As Romo has aged, his athleticism and arm strength have diminished but his pocket instincts, football IQ and ability to throw with touch and timing have us thinking he can still play at a high level for 2-3 more years.
#4 Dak Prescott 6’2″ 226 Rookie, Mississippi State
Prescott was drafted with the idea of having the Cowboys groom and develop him to eventually become the QB of the future in Dallas. He will be afforded an opportunity (in theory) to learn some of the nuances of the game sitting behind Tony Romo in a reserve role. Prescott’s skill set and rate of development will determine when and how fast he gets on the field.
From a Raw Material perspective, Dak has it all, Arm Strength, Athleticism, Size, and ability to throw on the run. Traits such as ball placement and touch will be emphasized as areas of improvement for him as he gets acclimated to the pro game. Dak should be able to develop into the Cowboys QB of the future as long as he stays on the right track.
#17 Kellen Moore 5’11 1/2 200 5th Year, Boise State
Moore had an opportunity to gain game experience when Tony Romo went down in 2015 and he showed the ability to be an average backup option moving forward. Moore is undersized and struggles to make plays from the pocket. He does however show an ability to make quick decisions and get the ball out of his hands with zero wasted motion or hesitation. Moore is at his best when operating within a pure west coast system where he is making quick decisions. Moore can throw with precision in the short game but his lack of arm strength will make him a career backup at best. His instincts are starter worthy and if given an extended opportunity we feel he could turn some heads but we feel that may not be in the cards for Moore moving forward.