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Carson Wentz Selected 2nd Overall in 2016 NFL Draft

NFL: Carson Wentz

With the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Carson Wentz, Quarterback from North Dakota State University.

Well, it happened. The Eagles moved up to get the guy whom they believe to be their franchise quarterback. For the sake of this post, we’ll save the discussion on whether or not they risked too much to move up and draft a Football Championship Series (FCS) player.

Let’s shift our focus to Wentz, the athlete. Here’s what we know: The 6-foot 5, 239 pound redshirt senior has a big arm, moves well in the pocket, and can pick up yards with his feet. Pro Football Focus touts Wentz as having the strongest arm in this year’s quarterback class. A two-year starter and two-year captain for the Bison, he amassed 42 touchdowns through the air while only throwing 14 interceptions and leading his squad to FCS National Title victories (again, yes: FCS) in 2014 and 2015.

When he’s able to drive on his first read, Wentz looks quite impressive. When he’s not, however, his performance declines rapidly.

First reads are eliminated quickly in the NFL, and thus he will need time to develop. Successfully moving through progressions is a mark of Super Bowl champions, and Wentz has some work to do in that regard.

He likely isn’t the caliber of a Game One starter in 2016. Timing issues on short and intermediate routes and less-than-stellar accuracy when pushing the ball downfield are causes for concern.

It’s hard to say what role he will serve in the short-term with the Eagles until the Sam Bradford saga subsides one way or the other. There is little doubt that Wentz would benefit from holding a clipboard for a year, though.

The Eagles haven’t made a pick with this much implication such they selected Donovan McNabb in the same slot in 1999. In a city full of struggling sports teams where the Eagles are the crowned jewel, Wentz has his work cut out for him.

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