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Cowboys may draft another QB despite Dak Prescott’s bright future

The Cowboys hope to re-sign quarterback Kellen Moore, who spent the 2016 season on injured reserve.
The Cowboys hope to re-sign quarterback Kellen Moore, who spent the 2016 season on injured reserve. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The Cowboys expect Dak Prescott to be their quarterback for the next “12 to 15 years.” But they could use a draft pick on another quarterback this year.

Jerry Jones has drafted only six quarterbacks, including Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft, since he bought the Cowboys in 1989. Prescott earned offensive rookie of the year honors after the Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round in 2016.

The Cowboys, though, have no experienced quarterback behind Prescott besides Tony Romo, whom they are expected to part ways with soon.

The Cowboys hope to re-sign Kellen Moore, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. Moore, who started two games in 2015, spent last season on injured reserve after breaking his right ankle in training camp.

But the Cowboys still will need another quarterback even if they re-sign Moore as expected.

“We got to have some quarterbacks,” Stephen Jones said Tuesday. “It’s a priority for sure. The question is: How do we go about that? Whether it’s just Kellen or Kellen and another veteran, whether it’s Kellen and a draft pick. Those are the things we’re looking at. Obviously, we’d like to have Kellen back. We’re very comfortable with him and what he brings to the quarterback room. Hopefully, we can get him re-signed.”

Veteran Josh McCown, whom the Browns released earlier this month, is in the conversation. But the Cowboys don’t want to spend much on a backup quarterback.

That’s why they could again end up using the middle rounds of the draft again to address a quarterback need.

“We all know how fortunate you are when you find a quarterback play the way Dak played,” Stephen Jones said. “If you look at statistically and his team having success, it’s as good as any quarterback that’s come into our league as a rookie. And to get him in the fourth round is nothing short of miraculous. But you’d like to think at some point that we’ll consider that as well as drafting another young quarterback, and hopefully we’ll be able to continue to find the right type of guy that would fit with us, and we could have success with him as well. There are a lot of teams that draft them and do well.

“Even though our vision for Dak is for him to be here for the next 12 to 15 years, a lot of teams have success drafting young ones and they get compensated for them if they develop.”