With 80 days standing between us and the 2021 NFL Regular Season kickoff, Pro Football Focus revealed the first part of their PFF50 this morning. PFF will be revealing 10 players in reverse order every day this week, culminating in the top 10 being named on Friday, June 25.
The Dallas Cowboys had one player be selected in the first batch of rankings, but it might surprise you who it is. PFF ranked quarterback Dak Prescott as the 50th best player in football right now. Here’s what the guys at PFF had to say about the Cowboys’ signal-caller.
Prescott was in the midst of a career year before a nasty injury took him off the field after just five weeks of action. In those five weeks (four full games and 22 dropbacks of Week 5), he passed for 1,856 yards and accounted for the same number of total touchdowns Daniel Jones recorded over the full season for the Giants.
Prescott put up a PFF grade of 85.2, and he had the Dallas offense looking like one of the best in the game. If he returns healthy in 2021, he should be one of the best players in the game once more.
While Prescott is coming off a very serious injury, having him ranked as the 50th best player in football is a bit of a head-scratcher. If healthy, Prescott is a clear top five or six quarterback in this league. With him at the 50 spot, PFF likely will have at least five, or even potentially six or more quarterbacks (Mahomes, Rodgers, Wilson, Jackson, Brady, Watson, Allen) ranked ahead of him.
Another interesting note is that both cornerback James Bradberry and safety Marcus Williams were ranked ahead of Prescott on this list at 47 and 48 respectively. Now, this is no knock on those players, both Bradberry and Williams are talented defenders who have had some very productive seasons of late, but having Prescott ranked behind them is pretty shocking.
It’s tough to separate quarterbacks because of how valuable they are, but over his five-year career Prescott has put up enough production to earn the respect of being ranked over above-average defenders.
Dak Prescott is no stranger to proving his doubters wrong, he’s been doing it his whole career. He has a chance to do it once again in 2021 and show that he’s clearly better than the 50th best player in football.