Preston Smith dominated Senior Bowl week last year from his defensive end position, and it almost vaulted him into the first round of the NFL draft. This week Dak Prescott looks to bump up his stock in a similar fashion.
Prescott arrived in Mobile on Monday for the first of six days in front of hundreds of scouts around the NFL. No practices took place, but the players did weigh in -- Dak came in at 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds.
Dak gave a shoutout via the Houston Texans Twitter account.
Padded practices will take place Wednesday and Thursday before the game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. All practices and the game can be viewed on the NFL Network and ESPN.
Right now most projections have Dak going somewhere in the middle rounds of the draft. NFL.com has six other quarterbacks on the board ahead of him.
Obviously the NFL combine is considered the make-or-break event for players to separate themselves from their competition. But with more than 800 scouts and front office assistants attending the Senior Bowl, the importance of this week can't be stated enough -- especially for players like Dak who have multiple players at their position to jump before the draft.
We'll have to see how he and the rest of the QB's -- who haven't played a game in almost a month -- can shake off the rust and find a comfort level with a new offense.
The receivers Dak will be throwing the ball to on his south squad include Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma, Jay Lee from Baylor, Charone Peake from Clemson, K.J. Maye from Minnesota, Malcolm Mitchell from Georgia, and Paul McRoberts from Southeast Missouri State.
The other QB's on the south team include SEC foes Jake Coker from Alabama, Brandon Allen from Arkansas, and Jacoby Brissett from N.C. State -- who Dak defeated 51-28 in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30.
With four quarterbacks who will receive game reps on Saturday, you could argue that the practices are more important than the game. Practice is where these players will see the most snaps, every one of which will be under the microscope of every scout in attendance.
Preston Smith used that to his advantage this time last year. We'll see if Dak Prescott can do the same.