“This is a special moment for a Division-1AA (FCS) player. There is precedent in Joe Flacco, who came out of Delaware. Wentz is the No. 1 player on my board, so while I understand and believe that Goff is more ready to play today, Wentz will be a better player five years from now.” These are the words from Mike Mayock after Wentz was drafted 2nd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
If you look at all 3 Eagles QBs, Wentz is the fastest. Wentz got 4.77 seconds on the 40-yard dash, Bradford 4.79, and Daniel 4.79.
Carson was born in Raleigh, N.C. and is the Eagles 3rd stringer. However, the question remains. Should the Eagles start Wentz?
First we will look at Sam Bradford. Bradford has a 86.4 QB rating, 19 TDs, and 14 Picks. Bradford has torn his Left ACL twice, and according to NFL.com, his weakness before the draft was that he was “Coming off shoulder injury on his throwing arm. Needs to add bulk to withstand the pounding at the next level. Uses a three-quarter delivery that may lead to batted balls. Has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long.”
NFL says Chase Daniel is “[a]n eight-year NFL veteran, Chase Daniel signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent in the 2016 offseason after spending the previous three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. In Kansas City, Daniel worked closely with then-Chiefs offensive coordinator and current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. A three-year starter at the University of Missouri, Daniel ranks as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (12,515), completions (1,094) and touchdown passes (101) and was named a Heisman Trophy finalist as a junior in 2007.”
Wentz was only a starter in two seasons, but he had a 20-3 record with the Bison. He is 6-5 and 237 pounds. Wentz is 23, older than NFL stars like Sammy Watkins(22), and Trai Turner (22). He is the highest drafted NDSU player ever and the Eagles’ highest pick Since Donovan McNabb second overall in 1999. He is the 5th Eagles Quarterback ever drafted in the first round. The first round, Non FBS QBs are:
Quarterback (School) Overall, Year (since 1971)
- Carson Wentz (NDSU) 2nd, 2016
- Joe Flacco (Delaware) 18th, 2008
- Steve McNair (Alcorn St.) 3rd, 1995
- Ken O’Brien (UC Davis) 24th, 1983
- Phil Simms (Morehead St.) 7th, 1979
- Doug Williams (Grambling St.) 17th, 1978
- Dan Pastorini (Santa Clara) 3rd, 1971
Will Wentz get his job? Find out!