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Dak Prescott reveals the odd reason why he thinks the Denver Broncos didn't draft him

September 13, 2017
Tom Pennington

Dak Prescott will be in Denver this Sunday as the Broncos host the Cowboys. But on Wednesday, Dallas' star quarterback revealed an odd story that may have kept him from being on the home team's sideline for the big game.

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Leading up to the 2016 NFL draft, the Broncos and GM John Elway showed plenty of interest in Prescott, and why not? The Broncos were still trying to fill the void left by Peyton Manning retiring and Prescott was coming off a standout career at Mississippi State. But Prescott was late to a meeting with the team thanks to a missed flight. And he thinks that played a role in the team's decision to pass on the mobile passer.

Later, Prescott told reporters, "I'm in a good place."

He sure is. Prescott plays behind the league's best offensive line after the Cowboys got a steal by drafting him with the 135th overall pick (the eighth QB taken). In his rookie campaign last season, Prescott won the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, made the NFC Pro Bowl squad, and led Dallas to a 13-3 record.

As for the Broncos, they drafted Paxton Lynch out of the University of Memphis with the 26th pick. But Lynch remains a backup to Trevor Siemian. So far, at least, it looks like that missed flight wound up hurting Denver a lot more than Dak.

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