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2017 NFL DRAFT

Carson Wentz, QB

School: North Dakota State  |  Conference: GATE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 237 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
721

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.751.65- 30 1/29'10"4.156.86

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    Even with former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford and free agent addition Chase Daniel already on the roster, the Eagles showed their commitment towards improving at quarterback with the splashy trade up to No. 2 overall, guaranteeing either Goff or Wentz. Showing not only all of the physical talent scouts are looking for in a franchise quarterback but the leadership and composure as well, Wentz eased concerns about his level of competition at NDSU with stellar performances at the Senior Bowl, Combine and his March 24 Pro Day. The last time an FCS player was selected in the top three came back in 1995, when the late Steve McNair was selected third overall out of Alcorn State by the then-Houston Oilers.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    Even with former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford and free agent addition Chase Daniel already on the roster, the Eagles showed their commitment towards improving at quarterback with the splashy trade up to No. 2 overall, guaranteeing either Goff or Wentz. Showing not only all of the physical talent scouts are looking for in a franchise quarterback but the leadership and composure as well, Wentz eased concerns about his level of competition at NDSU with stellar performances at the Senior Bowl, Combine and his March 24 Pro Day. The last time an FCS player was selected in the top three came back in 1995, when the late Steve McNair was selected third overall out of Alcorn State by the then-Houston Oilers.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    The Eagles made the trade up to land this kid, and he will be their franchise passer. They hope anyway. He's got a long ways to go.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    In a wild turn of events, No. 1 and No. 2 are locked in at this point. The Eagles believe they have their long-term quarterback and were willing to pay for it.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #2
    After failing to move up to No. 2 to get their quarterback last year, the Eagles get their guy this time around.
 

Player Overview

A two-year starter who went 20-3 for the Bison, Wentz thrived in North Dakota State's wide-open offense, taking snaps from under center and shotgun with several pro-style reads, including left-to-right and high-to-low progressions. Although he didn't consistently face top competition at the FCS level, Wentz performed well in high pressure situations, including the 2014 and 2015 FCS national championship games.

Wentz played in the 2015 title game after returning from a broken wrist sustained in October and claimed the Most Outstanding Player award in both championship games he started and won.

While he missed eight games due to injury as a senior, he had a streak of 143 consecutive passes without an interception and looked healthy in January where he returned to the starting lineup to lead NDSU to a fifth consecutive FCS championship.

Wentz was only a 5-foot-8, 125-pound freshman in high school and didn't start at quarterback until his senior year, causing him to go under-recruited, a similar path to that of Steelers' star Ben Roethlisberger.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a tall, workable frame. Good arm strength to deliver downfield with above average velocity, using his body rhythm and touch to accurately control the placement. Tight release, especially for a player with his long arms. Shifts his weight well in the pocket to work through the noise and keep his hand on the trigger, maneuvering under duress with improved footwork.

Functional athleticism and coordination in the pocket and as a scrambler, avoiding rushers and extending plays. Has a pre-snap plan and moves efficiently from target-to-target, making sound decisions. Shows the ability to recognize defensive coverages and change the play at the line - reliable field vision pre and post snap.

Very smart on and off the field with excellent retention and execution skills. Physically and mentally tough with professional poise and work habits. Great teammate and was an extra coach on the sideline while injured. Set school single season records for completions (228) and passing yards (3,111) as a junior. Consistent winner with a 19-3 career record as a starter.

The uptick in competition at the Senior Bowl didn't throw off his timing as he was able to quickly set up and fire strikes, as well as, completing a variety of passes to unfamiliar targets.

WEAKNESSES: Locks onto reads and needs to develop his eye use, staring down targets and leading defenders. Needs to improve his passing anticipation and feel for timing routes. Downfield accuracy is inconsistent, often leading receivers too far.

Bad habit of pre-determining throws and forcing the ball into tight coverage. Needs to understand when the play is over and throw the ball away (10 fumbles the last two years). On the move too much, even with a clean pocket, and will attempt throws without setting his base or coming to balance.

Lacks ideal starting experience for the position with questions about level of competition - 21 of 22 career starts came against FCS competition (one FBS opponent was at Iowa State: 18-for-28 for 204 yards, no touchdowns). Missed second half of 2015 season due to a broken right wrist, requiring surgery (Oct. 2015).

IN OUR VIEW: Although his internal clock needs maturing, Wentz performs well within structure, but can also improvise when the play breaks down, stretching out his legs to pick up chunk yardage if it's there (949 career rushing yards). He possesses a NFL-style skill-set with his size, athleticism and arm talent, including the field vision to work through reads and make sound decisions.

He has solidified himself as a first-round player, but his performance in pre-draft workouts will go a long way in determining just how high in the first round he will be drafted. Wentz ideally needs a redshirt rookie season in the NFL, but will be the top senior quarterback on several NFL draft boards.

NFL Comparison: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs -- Wentz is a physically enhanced version of Smith with his taller stature and stronger arm, but both have similar athleticism to move the pocket and the intelligence on and off the field desired for the position.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (2/16/16)

 
 
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01/09/2016 - Carson Wentz threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores in his first game since mid-October, sending North Dakota State to an unprecedented fifth straight FCS championship with a 37-10 victory Saturday over top-seeded Jacksonville State. Wentz, a potential first-round pick in the NFL draft, hadn't played since breaking his right wrist in a loss to South Dakota. He was playing five days after a CT scan showed his wrist was completely healed. He threw for 197 yards and was 16-of-29 passing, with two interceptions. The Bison (13-2) won their 20th consecutive playoff game, including all five times they have made the trip from Fargo to Frisco for the title game. Jacksonville State (13-2) was playing in the title game for the first time. It had won 12 games in a row since an overtime loss Sept. 12 at Auburn. The Gamecocks were held to a season-low 204 total yards, 325 below their average. - AP Sports
 

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