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Browns Hue Jackson: QB Dak Prescott was ‘in consideration’ during draft

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson leaves the field following the NFL game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on October 30, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. New York defeated Cleveland 31-28. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

Last week when the Cleveland Browns took on the Philadelphia Eagles, it was a matchup against a young star quarterback the Browns could have drafted this year, but didn’t.

It must be déjà vu for the team again this week as Dak Prescott and the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys come to town for a Sunday contest. Prescott has taken the league by storm while leading Dallas to the league’s best start and, as noted by head coach Hue Jackson, the Browns considered selecting him in the draft.

“We liked (Prescott),” Jackson said. “Obviously, he’s shown to be really good. He was definitely a guy that was in consideration, but obviously we have the guy that we took and they have the guy that they took. Everybody has the right guy for them, and he fits for them.”

Ultimately the Browns decided to select former USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who will start on Sunday, in the third round of the draft instead of Prescott, a Mississippi State product. The Cowboys then made Prescott their fourth-round pick and the rest is history from there.

Prescott says that he uses the draft-day slide as motivation to prove the Browns, and everyone else that passed up on him for that matter, wrong.

“I am not really sure (why), but I’ve definitely used it as motivation,” he said about being snubbed until the fourth-round. “Everybody that’s passed on me just motivates me to wake up every morning and prove everyone wrong.”

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