Carson Wentz College Highlights & 2016 Draft Profile | NFL

Carson Wentz College Highlights & 2016 Draft Profile | NFL


>>If you can play, they’ll find you. North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz knows that better than most people. Like Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, and Steve McNair before him, he’ll work to show that small-school passers can play well on the big stage. Wentz is widely considered the best quarterback prospect in this year’s NFL draft class, and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has said his ceiling is similar to Andrew Luck. Matching Luck’s play will be tough, but he might already be there mentally. A straight-“A” student, Wentz has never earned a “B” in school. His brains could help ease the transition to the next level. At North Dakota State, Wentz ran a pro-style offense, called his own protections, and made checks at the line. Bismarck’s favorite son was twice named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors Association. An invitation to the Senior Bowl gave him a chance to show his physical talent against the game’s best. And Wentz was a star among stars. He’s also tough. After a broken wrist forced him to miss eight games his senior year, he returned to lead the Bison to a second straight national title. Number 11 also earned MVP honors in both championship games. At the combine, Wentz showed out. He tallied top-three finishes among quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, and three-cone drill. The 6’6″, 231-pounder threw accurately in drills and delivered passes with power. Scouts gave him high marks for his release point and touch. Locking on to his first read is one area for Wentz to improve, and some say he should use his rookie year to learn under a veteran. But he might not get that luxury. Teams near the top of the draft are often searching for a franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz has a chance to prove he can be the man. With his rare blend of confidence, brains, and brawn, he’s projected as a top-15 pick in this year’s NFL Draft.>>Thank you for watching this presentation of NFL Network. Watch the National Football League 24 hours a day on NFL Network.

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