The Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to have taken quite a bit of interest in Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott over the course of the last several weeks and it will now be interesting to see if they remain interested following him being arrested early Saturday morning and charged with a DUI.
Prescott has reportedly since been released on bond and his representation, Pro Sports Management, have refused to comment on the situation to the media since the incident took place.
Prescott, who threw for 3,793 yards and scored 39 combined touchdowns with just five interceptions in 2015, met with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February. The Steelers also attended Prescott’s pro day this past Thursday and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner apparently even went as far as to have the young quarterback throw extra for him after the regular workout was completed.
While the news of Prescott’s Saturday morning DUI is certainly discouraging and likely to hurt his draft stock some, it’s not the end of the world for the young quarterback. He still has time to admit his mistake and sell himself to teams that he has learned his lesson and is ready to start acting like a responsible adult and a professional.
When it comes to the Steelers future interest in Prescott, one would think they’ll investigate his latest incident quite thoroughly. While they could decide to remove him completely from their draft board, they have drafted other players with worse character red flags over the course of the last several years. We’ll now have to wait and see if they bring Prescott to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit next month as they are allowed 30 of those with players outside of the geographical area.
It was hard to gauge where Prescott will ultimately wind up being drafted before he was arrested and it will be even harder now to do just that due to his recent arrest.