With Super Bowl 50 still over a week away, it’s never too early to start looking at this year’s NFL Draft. If you think the draft is overrated, well, consider this: three of the four quarterbacks to start in the AFC and NFC Championships this past weekend were former No. 1 overall picks – and the one who wasn’t was Tom Brady.
In any event, there are a lot of solid quarterback prospects coming out this year, but none looks better, perhaps, than North Dakota State product Carson Wentz.
“I don’t necessarily want to (say he’s the most prepared quarterback prospect) that I’ve ever seen, but I think he is the most prepared out of this class,” CBSSports.com NFL analyst Brady Quinn said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Part of the intangibles he already had to pass was that height and weight. I think he measured about 6-5, close to 6-6, and 230, 240 pounds. So he’s got the size to withstand a 17-week season in the NFL when you throw in the bye week in there.
“And when you look at his overall ability of what he’s capable of doing, for that size, he’s actually a better athlete than people give him credit for with what they ask him to do at North Dakota State,” Quinn continued. “You see him put his hands under center, run some of the play-action passes, the boot-action, you also see him huddle – they trust him to do a lot of the things he’s going to have to do at the NFL level, so he’s already prepared. He’s already ahead of guys like Jared Goff or even a Paxton Lynch out of Memphis.”
Wentz, 23, threw for 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 42 games at North Dakota State. He also ran for 13 touchdowns. This year, he led the Bison to a 13-2 record and the FCS championship.
“The biggest question is whether or not he’ll be able to jump into the speed of the game and adapt to that given that he’s coming from an FCS school, not an FBS school,” Quinn said. “So that’s going to be something that they’re going to look at, but they’ve seen it before. Joe Flacco came from Delaware after originally being at Pitt and transferring. And he made the transition obviously pretty well. He’s won a Super Bowl. So I don’t think there will be too many people knocking this guy after they see what he’s capable of doing during Senior Bowl this week.”
The Senior Bowl will be held this Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., at 2:30 p.m. ET.