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Colts selected North Dakota State OT Joe Haeg with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Haeg (6'6/304) made 60 starts at North Dakota, spending the first 29 at right tackle before moving to the left side for his final 31 to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. Haeg was twice an FCS All American, and named FCS Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior. Haeg shined at the Combine — 5.16 forty, 9'3" broad jump, 7.47 three-cone time — and has adequate arm length (33 3'4") for a tackle. His main drawback is a shortage of strength, suspiciously not performing bench-press drills before the draft. Haeg has a history of overachievement — he graduated high school weighing 240 pounds — but he'll need to get stronger to hang in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 2:49 PM

Eagles selected North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Despite their protestations, the Eagles knew they were taking the Bison quarterback all along. Wentz (6'5/237) made just 23 FCS starts, missing eight games as a senior due to a fractured wrist. He compiled a 20-3 record, 64.1 completion percentage, 8.36 YPA and 45:14 TD-to-INT ratio. A top-shelf athlete for the position, Wentz has an 81st-percentile SPARQ score and aced the Wonderlic with a 40. Wentz flashed NFL-level arm strength, ball location and deep-ball accuracy versus FCS competition, but needs a lot of work on his pocket mechanics and wasn't a dominant player in the Missouri Valley Conference. He also turns 24 late in his rookie season, whereas Jared Goff is still only 21. Wentz is flush with franchise-quarterback traits, but he may need a year on the bench before he's pro ready.
Apr 28 - 8:29 PM

North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz says the Eagles haven't contacted him since their trade up to No. 2.

We don't read into this at all. Philadelphia will take whichever of the top two quarterbacks Los Angeles bypasses. Since that selection hasn't happened yet, there's no good reason to dial Wentz to speak in hypotheticals. Barring a colossal last-minute change of heart -- or the successful completion of a stunning (and pointless) long con -- the Rams will take Jared Goff and the Eagles will summon Wentz to the podium as the second overall pick.
Apr 27 - 4:17 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock released his top 100 on Monday and North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz ranks as the No. 1 overall prospect.

Cal's Jared Goff, the next quarterback on the list, sits at No. 10. Paxton Lynch sits at No. 20. Mayock has gone all in with Wentz's evaluation this year, and some in the NFL have also (i.e. the Eagles). Mayock has evoked comparisons and Luck and Brady, stating the quarterback prospect can mean that much to whatever team selects him. We think the future No. 2 pick needs to speed up his process in the pocket instead of getting stuck in quicksand with a wide base, locking on to a primary receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 9:38 AM

North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz wrote in the Players' Tribune that his small-school experience is one of his greatest strengths.

"At North Dakota State," Wentz explained, "I was taught to recognize the same zone pressures, blitzes, stunts and twists as the other guys in the draft. Our offense would run the ball with no receivers and then spread it out wide with five guys. We did it all." He cited the Bison's winning pedigree -- as well as their conditioning programs -- as part of the reason he believes he is ready for the NFL. "We may be an FCS school, but our strength and conditioning program is as rigorous and productive as any other school in the country. And everyone buys into it," Wentz wrote. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder is the probable No. 2 selection by the Eagles this Thursday.
Apr 25 - 11:53 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz "has all the physical and mental tools needed to be a long-term starter in the NFL."

One scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this week called Wentz "off the charts" and a "genius," though another was slightly more scared off by perceived accuracy issues. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder is the probable No. 2 selection in the draft and would be best suited to sit for a year or two before he is thrust into the fire. Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman is perhaps already thinking about this, as he tabbed Sam Bradford as the team's starting quarterback for 2016 following the team's trade with the Browns.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 5:12 PM

Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman indicated that regardless of who they draft at No. 2 overall, Sam Bradford will be the starting quarterback in 2016.

"Let me be clear," Roseman said, "Sam Bradford is our starting quarterback." Probably not the words Eagle fans wanted to hear, but logical words nonetheless. Should the Eagles draft North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz (as many expect them to do), it could be foolish for the team to throw him into the NFL fire immediately. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder is viewed as a developmental prospect who could benefit from a year or two on the bench.
Source: The Score
Apr 21 - 12:27 PM

Philadelphia executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman confirmed that the Eagles will take a QB with the No. 2 overall pick.

Between North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz and Cal QB Jared Goff, Philadelphia will get who Los Angeles bypasses. "Only way you can make this trade is if you're totally comfortable with both guys," Roseman said. We'd think that the Eagles have a good idea as to who the Rams will take. Los Angeles is likely going to take Goff, leaving Wentz to the organization reportedly higher on him than any other.
Apr 20 - 7:25 PM

An NFL scout called North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz a "genius", alluding to his 40 on the Wonderlic, in a conversation with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He could be really good," the scout continued. "He's the best runner, he's the best athlete. He is off the charts." The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Wentz ran a 4.77 forty at the Combine, tied with (probable WR) Trevone Boykin for tops in the QB field. "Prototypical," another scout said. "I see everything. Arm strength. Accuracy. Toughness. Athletic ability. Smart. Great kid." A third scout, who actually spoke with pessimism, compared Wentz to Blake Bortles and Ben Roethlisberger. "He gets away with things in that league (Missouri Valley) that he wouldn't get away with in the SEC," he said. "He tries to throw in tight windows. Even in the (FCS) title game he threw two picks. ... At this point I just don't see where he's that accurate of a passer." A fourth scout said: "I'd sit him for a year and a half, two years. Then I got a real starter. He'll be shoved into the fire too quickly and it may crush him."
Apr 20 - 7:12 PM

In a mock draft published after Wednesday's blockbuster trade, NFL.com's Charles Davis slotted North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz No. 1 to the Rams.

The Eagles, the new owners of the No. 2 pick, naturally got Jared Goff. Most believe the opposite will happen, with the Rams keeping Goff in California and the Eagles selecting Wentz, whom they're reportedly very high on. Rounding out the top five, the Chargers got Jalen Ramsey, the Cowboys got Ezekiel Elliott and the Jaguars took Laremy Tunsil.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 4:51 PM

The Browns traded the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles.

In the end, Cleveland extracted the No. 8 selection along with a third- (No. 77) and fourth-rounder (No. 100), a 2017 first-rounder and a 2018 second-rounder. Philadelphia gets Cleveland's fourth-rounder in 2017 to wrap up the transaction. Despite already having heavily invested in Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, the Eagles want a marquee signal-caller. They reportedly love Carson Wentz, and with Bradford and Daniel provide a nice landing spot for a prospect who needs to learn for a season or two. We'll have much more on this story throughout the day.
Apr 20 - 2:05 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes a trade up to No. 2 would already be done if it were up to the Eagles.

Implication being: Either the Browns are waffling internally about if they should stay in the slot or Cleveland is trying to hold Philadelphia hostage for a little more draft equity. Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reported Tuesday that the organizations had worked out a framework for a potential deal that involved the Eagles trading first and third round picks in 2016 and 2017 for the No. 2 pick.
Apr 20 - 12:06 PM

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports that the Eagles and Browns have a framework for a potential trade involving the No. 2 pick.

For the right to move from No. 8 to No. 2, Philadelphia would kick in a third rounder this year and a first and a third in 2017. The Eagles have been upfront that they're very high on North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.
Apr 19 - 8:59 PM

The Eagles are saying publicly that they're not likely to trade up again in the first round.

"It would really have to be something good for us (to move down in the first round)," Eagles executive vice-president of football operations Howie Roseman said Monday. "We gave up a lot to go up." Roseman is referring to swapping LB Kiko Alonso, CB Byron Maxwell and the No. 13 pick to Miami for No. 8. Philadelphia reportedly is smitten with Carson Wentz. Los Angeles is apparently leaning towards Jared Goff at No. 1 and Cleveland is shopping the No. 2 pick, but Philadelphia is at least giving the public appearance of indifference about all that for now. "I don’t think (Lynch) is that far behind (Wentz and Goff)," HC Doug Pederson said. "All three of those guys are very similar. But I don’t know if (No. 8) would necessarily be the spot to take someone like him."
Apr 18 - 11:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter says he doesn't believe the Browns were ever going to take a quarterback at the top of the first round.

Speaking on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, Schefter said he thought the Rams-Titans trade had no bearing whatsoever on Cleveland's draft plans. As Schefter tells it, Cleveland's new brass plans to construct its supporting-cast players before taking the dive on a potential franchise quarterback. Schefter mentioned the Eagles, 49ers, and Jets as potential trade partners for the No. 2. With Eagles HC Doug Pederson fawning over Carson Wentz once again on Monday, that trade pairing makes almost too much sense to actually happen.
Apr 18 - 10:18 PM


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