The need for a back
Both QBs have had great running backs to take the pressure off them, too. Dak has Zeke and Kellen had Trayveon Williams. Without their respective backs, the quarterbacks would be forced to do more on their own. Many experts have been critical of Prescott in this manner.
Colin Cowherd continuously brings up Dak’s ceiling, especially without Zeke. Not to call myself an “expert,” but you can read on this website the doubts I have had in regards to Kellen and his ability to carry this team by himself.
This point does not mean that great players are not allowed to have any help. Drew Brees has Michael Thomas and a phenomenal run game, Michael Jordan never won a championship without Scottie Pippen, and Troy Aikman had Emmitt Smith (whose daughter, Rheagen, plays soccer for the Aggies) and Mike Irvin to help him win Super Bowl rings.
But because of the aforementioned limitations of Dak and Kellen, the additional help may be what is allowing them to grow and be so successful. Again, help is great and will make anyone better, but the true greats do not absolutely need it in order to be incredibly successful. Unfortunately, Prescott and Mond need that additional help to play tier one football.
Keep in mind that this is regarding the 2018 football season only. Mond is growing and developing by the day and you can’t say that he’s more physically gifted than Dak. Dak can run, but he’s not very fast. He’s big and tough and that’s what allows him to do flips into the endzone and come away unscraped.
Mond can out-stride just about anyone when he gets loose and is much lighter on his feet when extending plays outside the pocket. However, the biggest difference lies in arm strength. Mond has an absolute Howitzer attached at his shoulder. This is my favorite aspect of his.
The missiles that Kellen shoots from canon are what allows him to stretch plays out for so long and pull out victories like the LSU marathon. Even going back to Clemson we can see that he can launch the ball from pretty much any arm slot.
My final comparison between the two is they both have the naturally gifted, un-coachable, “wow” factor in them. There really are not many guys who have this God-given knack for making crazy plays they probably should not make.
Again, go and watch Kellen against the 2018-2019 national champions Clemson or the LSU game.. The film speaks for itself. Against the Giants in Week 17, a Zeke-less Prescott felt pressure from his backside, reversed out and threw as a dime while sprinting to his left to Cole Beasley to win a game they had no incentive to win.
These kinds of performances are what gets players paid big time money. Dak has all but secured a fat contract from the Cowboys and the Aggies have found their guy in No. 11. While at times they can be volatile in their performances, they’re both just too good to not play.