After engineering a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday landed their quarterback of the future in North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. Snatched up minutes after the Los Angeles Rams chose Cal's Jared Goff, Wentz was the benefactor of a pre-draft surge that saw the small-school passer shoot up draft boards from relative obscurity. "I see everything. Arm strength. Accuracy. Toughness. Athletic ability. Smart. Great kid," one scout told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a second scout saying: "He's a genius, Wentz is. He could be really good. He's the best runner, he's the best athlete. He is off the charts." Taller, heavier and with a faster 40 time than Goff, Wentz -- at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds -- gives the Eagles a prototypical NFL signal-caller in the form of Ben Roethlisberger and Blake Bortles. The Eagles have been criticized by some for giving up a bounty of picks for a quarterback after Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel both signed new contracts this offseason. Forget all that: If the Eagles hit on Wentz, they're set under center for the next decade. Of course, if he flames out, plenty of jobs will be lost. Executive vice president Howie Roseman knows the inherent risk, but Wentz's potential was too much to pass up.
Philadelphia Eagles draft Carson Wentz with No. 2 pick
NFL.com | Apr 28