Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your arms and legs inside the Carson Wentz hype train. It is currently careening out of control.
Wentz's pro day -- excuse me, North Dakota State's pro day -- was just the latest stop on the line for the push to see Wentz go as a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, a smart gentleman in the draft space, didn't pump the brakes, comparing Wentz to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck from an athletic standpoint.
"Lemme tell you, he's 237 pounds and he's every bit as athletic as Andrew Luck or Cam Newton," Mayock said. "And I believe that 100 percent."
"He's 237 pounds, and he's every bit as athletic as Andrew Luck or Cam Newton." -@MikeMayock https://t.co/zrF6YWHFaE— NFL (@NFL) March 24, 2016
This is a bold claim.
And not entirely untrue!
Luck ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and posted a 36-inch vertical and 124-inch broad jump. He was 6-foot-4 and 234 pounds.
Newton ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical and 126-inch broad jump. He was 6-5 and 248 pounds.
Wentz ran 4.77 40-yard dash and posted a 30.5-inch vertical and 118-inch broad jump. He was 6-5 and 237 pounds.
Those are similar physical traits and pretty similar numbers in terms of athleticism. Cam and Luck clearly have him beat, but Wentz is up there in terms of athleticism.
There's no disputing Wentz crushed his pro day, and the praise is streaming out of NDSU.
One of the best pro days I've ever witnessed. Wentz reminds me of Joe Flacco. He had 2 55-yard passes that were as pretty as I've seen.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 24, 2016
There's probably no stopping it until the draft actually rolls around (everyone is too busy finding out about Wentz to drag him down; this is just how the stupid hype narrative works).
Just don't get hurt if it runs off the tracks.