As first reported by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, former Mississippi State quarterback and current NFL Draft prospect Dak Prescott was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi early Saturday morning on a DUI charge.
Prescott was reportedly pulled over by Starkville Police around 12:45 a.m. in a white Cadillac Escalade and arrested on a DUI charge. Prescott was later released on bond. Details of what led to Prescott being pulled over in the first place and what led to officers determining he was under the influence of alcohol remain unknown. Prescott’s representatives, Pro Sports Management, have refused to comment on the matter.
On Thursday, just two days before his arrest, Prescott worked out for dozens of NFL scouts at his school’s pro day, and earlier on Saturday, Prescott helped host a youth football camp at Starkville High School.
Wrong time to make a poor decision, Dak. https://t.co/c4uOP0Deoc
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 13, 2016
If you are an NFL Draft prospect awaiting the big day on April 28, what is the worst possible thing that can happen to you other than significant injury or death? The answer is any type of arrest in the weeks leading up to the draft. It seems that draft prospects being arrested just days/weeks before the big day is something has been too common of an occurrence over the last several years (Shane Ray, Elliott Porter, Tharold Simon to name a few).
Prescott is no stranger to off-field incidents, as he was reportedly involved in a fight at a concert in Panama City, Florida almost a full year ago during Mississippi State’s spring break in March of 2015. The fight caused multiple lacerations to Prescott’s body and face.
Prescott obviously made a huge mistake, and it is uncertain as to whether or not this recent arrest will significantly impact his draft position. Prescott was a projected late second/early third-round pick in most mock drafts, as his stock only grew after winning the MVP award at the 2016 Senior Bowl and impressing the eyes of many at the 2016 NFL combine. After Shane Ray was arrested for marijuana possession just days before the draft in 2015, the former Missouri Tiger dropped out of the top-ten (where he was projected) and was forced to wait until pick No. 23 when the Denver Broncos selected him. It will be interesting to see if something similar is to happen to Dak Prescott in 2016, or if NFL teams are going to be willing to look past this arrest and take a risk on him. Either way, this incident can only hurt Dak Prescott’s chances of becoming an NFL quarterback, and hopefully, this kid still gets his chance and will be able to learn from this.