On Sunday Stephan McGee became only the third quarterback the Cowboys have drafted since 1990 when he was selected in the fourth round with the 101st overall pick. With arguably bigger names left undrafted and heading toward free agency, what went into the Cowboys decision to take a chance on the former Aggie?
McGee was a highly prized recruit out of Burnet High School. He never quite lived up to expectations at A&M, aside from winning a couple of big games against Texas. He only started 4 games his senior season, partially because of injury, but also because of quarterback competition from junior Jerrod Johnson.
“I’m happy for Stephen McGee,” said Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, “The Dallas Cowboys like him more than his coaches at A&M did.”
Coach Leach loves to pick on A&M, but there is a nugget of truth in his barb. The Cowboys love McGee’s character, toughness and heart. They love that he didn’t point fingers for his perceived lack of success, and they love that he stuck with a school that doesn’t have the best track record of turning out quarterbacks or a system that showcases the talent of a quarterback. Plus he did have a pretty good workout at the combine.
Questions remain, such as does he still have an arm after pretty much becoming a run first quarterback? But overall the Cowboys saw something in the kid from Burnet, and took a chance that given the right conditions and proper coaching, he could turn into something special.