Quarterback, North Dakota State 6ft 5 – 237lbs
|40 Yard Dash – 4.77 Seconds||Bench Press – N/A|
|Vertical Jump – 30.5 Inches||3 Cone Drill – 6.86 Seconds|
|Broad Jump – 118 Inches||20 Yard Shuttle – N/A|
Let us be completely honest only one of two players can go at number 1, and the other probably goes at 2 as well. Wentz could be the first man out of the green room this year. The now ex Bison’s Quarterback was part of a historic run for North Dakota State, helping them to their fourth and fifth FCS National Titles. Even with only 2 years starting, and an injury plagued final year Wentz still managed a record of 20 wins to just 3 losses. His Wrist Injury kept him out near the end of the year, however he returned to win the championship, and did so in style, making people forget he was even away. With that huge victory under his belt it is clear he can handle huge pressure. He is a very good NFL build for playing Quarterback and with his size he brings the ability to make all the throws you could imagine. Even with his size, he is very mobile and not only does he escape pressure on a regular basis, he also picks up first downs when given the chance. Another huge plus side for him is brain, both academically and in terms of football IQ. He collected a 4.0 GPA while in college and demonstrated its real world application at both the combine and throughout his college career. He played with some pro schemes at college and crucially played snaps from under centre, making him arguably the most pro ready Quarterback of this year’s class. While the future is bright for this young stud at Quarterback, he does have his detractors. Due to him playing in the FCS, evaluators were unable to see him play against truly top level competition, and while he did shine at the senior bowl that could just be a lucky week. He can make all the throws, however at times his accuracy is a question. He takes too many chances and while arm strength is coveted in the NFL, inaccuracy is punished severely by defences, especially in young players. Another big question is his footwork, which has seen improvement in recent weeks, however if it isn’t fixed, he could find himself on the end of some painful hits. Carson Wentz has visited with 7 teams, in some capacity since the draft process began. He met with the Bears and Texans at the combine, with the Jets showing interest at the Senior Bowl. He met the Eagles at his pro day, and has had private workouts with the 49ers, the Eagles, the Cowboys and the Rams. All four of the teams to work him out, also brought him in as one of their 30 private visits too. With these teams picking inside the top 10, 3 of which pick within the top 5, he won’t last long. While this year’s prospects are far from the finished article, Wentz’ desire, winning mentality and intelligence will give him every chance to succeed. Don’t be surprised if with the number 1 pick, the L.A Rams select, Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State.