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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz is "going to knock people dead in the interview room."

This isn't a huge surprise, as Wentz hails from Bismark, North Dakota, and played at the FCS level for the Bison. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder has yer classic Midwestern humility at his disposal. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote after the Senior Bowl that he was told that Wentz "knocked it out of the park during interviews as personnel people around the league who interviewed [him] were awed by his knowledge of X’s and O’s." He's likely to be either the first or second quarterback drafted (Cal's Jared Goff would be the other one in the discussion for first QB off the board), though an NFL personnel executive recently suggested to Mayock's colleague Lance Zierlein that he wouldn't draft Wentz in the first round this spring, due to his lack of playing time against higher level competition.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 6:13 PM

In his most recent mock draft, Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo pegged North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz to the Jets with the 20th pick.

While we've seen Wentz fly as high as No. 2 in several mocks, Palazzolo takes a more conservative approach. "He has the big arm to play in a vertical passing system, driving the ball down the field," wrote the analyst, "but that will be paired with some questionable decision-making, perhaps expected for a QB with so little experience." The giant wave of hype that had been building for the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder has received some expected backlash over the last week, with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein noting that one NFL personnel executive told him that Wentz is "way overrated," while another texted him to say he wouldn't select the quarterback in the first round. Wentz might well slide, but in order for him to reach the 20th pick, several teams with glaring needs at the position would have to pass him up.
Feb 7 - 3:13 PM

An NFL personnel executive told NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz is "way overrated," while another texted him to say that he wouldn't draft Wentz in the first round.

Zierlein relayed these exchanges on the The Pick Is In podcast. Recalled the analyst, "One said 'Boy, that North Dakota State kid is way overrated.' And the other one texted me and said 'After watching him for a full week [leading up to the Senior Bowl], there is no way I would draft Carson Wentz in the first round." The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder had been rising like a Phoenix on draft boards in the early part of the process, with large-scale gushing from the draft community around the Senior Bowl. "[Some teams] have a hard time with this freight train of enthusiasm surrounding an FCS prospect who still has a lot of work to do," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 6:48 PM

Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman compared Dallas' current draft situation to that of the Packers the year they drafted Aaron Rodgers.

"I liken it a little to the Green Bay situation when the Packers took Aaron Rodgers," Aikman told Pro Football Focus, adding that "at the time, Brett Favre had never missed a game. And he would go on to never miss a game for three more years." In his most recent mock draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay does, indeed, have Wentz pegged to the Cowboys. "To have a chance to set your team up for 15 years, I don't know how you bypass that," Aikman said.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 10:41 PM

North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz went No. 4 to the Cowboys in ESPN analyst Todd McShay's most recent mock draft.

"Now that I'm deep into Wentz's tape, I feel very comfortable saying he's a legit first-round talent," he wrote. "He has the height, sturdy frame, natural accuracy, pocket mobility and on-field leadership you look for in a QB." The analyst went on to mention Wentz's 20-3 record as a starter at NDSU and his two FCS national titles. "You could certainly make a case for the Cowboys taking the best available D-line prospect, such as Oregon's DeForest Buckner," McShay wrote. "But if Dallas is sold on Wentz (or Goff, if he's available), this could prove to be a very wise long-term investment at the game's most important position." Interestingly, CBS Sports analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both recently mocked Wentz to the Browns at No. 2.
Feb 3 - 2:29 PM

In a joint mock draft, CBS Sports analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both had North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz being selected by the Browns with the second overall pick.

And with that, the wave of hype has officially washed over us. Wentz was one of the clear on-field winners in the lead-up to Saturday's Senior Bowl. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline also reported earlier on Monday that the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder slayed his interviews, to boot. He's passed every test to date with flying colors, leading the CBS duo of Rang and Brugler to both project him to the Browns. Should Wentz slot in at No. 2, the obvious question becomes what would happen to Cal QB Jared Goff (previously viewed as the logical Cleveland choice). That's where thing get interesting. Brugler has Goff dropping to the 49ers at No. 7, while Rang sees him sliding all the way to the Rams at No. 15.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 1 - 10:00 PM

In addition to his tremendous work at the Senior Bowl, North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz was "even more impressive in closed-door meetings with coaches and general managers," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"I’m told he knocked it out of the park during interviews as personnel people around the league who interviewed Wentz were awed by his knowledge of X’s and O’s," Pauline wrote. "The belief is the North Dakota State product, who was a 4.0 student in college, should have no problem running a multiple formation offense on Sundays and coaches love his upside." Wentz is easily the hottest prospect in the draft right now. Between his work on the field and mental acuity, scouts are salivating while projecting the upside of this tool shed of a prospect.
Feb 1 - 1:58 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz "checked off every box" at the Senior Bowl.

"He has the frame (6-foot-5¼, 233 pounds)," McShay wrote. "He has the arm. He can make all the throws -- even in cold, windy weather. He displayed a good demeanor with his coaches and teammates. Wentz played his way into the conversation as the first QB off the board." The analyst ranked Wentz as the No. 1 player participating in the Mobile, Alabama event. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah previously called the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder's week an "outstanding performance."
Feb 1 - 12:55 PM

Following his performance in the Senior Bowl, North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz said, "I thought it went alright. Obviously, we didn't score any points, so that's always a bummer."

A bummer, indeed. Wentz completed 6-of-10 passes for 50 yards in the annual draft evaluation bowl. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound gunslinger noticed the increased speed of the game (in comparison to those played during his FCS adventures). Said Wentz, "No matter if you're coming from the SEC or FCS, Division II, Division III, you've got to make a jump. The speed of the game is going to come that much faster. Obviously, this is just a step. It's going to be even faster than this [at the pro level]." NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock's already sold, saying, "From my perspective, I saw what I needed to see. Big arm, good location, got rid of the football." For now, the Wentz hype pot can reduce to a slow bubble. We'll next be seeing him at the combine in Indianapolis.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 1:20 PM

North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz completed 6-of-10 passes for 50 yards in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Nothing particularly spectacular in Wentz's numbers, but he did make some nice throws, including one in the first quarter in which he looked a linebacker off to the left before firing back to an open target on his right. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder's Senior Bowl week as a whole should be considered nothing short of a success--scouts and analysts were universally high on him, with NFL Media's Bucky Brooks writing that he "proved to evaluators that he has the moxie and leadership skills to flourish as a franchise quarterback." He was widely viewed as the most impressive quarterbacking prospect in practices and might well be on his way to a Top-10 selection in this spring's draft. A pity for teams with more middling picks, as the giant wave of hype for the former Bison gunslinger might have more/less priced them out of the picture unless they trade up.
Jan 30 - 5:56 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks said that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz "has what it takes to be a franchise [quarterback]."

NFL.com's team of analysts forwarded the prospects they believe helped themselves the most during the Senior Bowl practice week, with Brooks latching onto Wentz. "He not only impressed scouts with his physical skills," the draft expert wrote, "but he proved to evaluators that he has the moxie and leadership skills to flourish as a franchise quarterback." Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah has called the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder's week an "outstanding performance," while ESPN's Todd McShay noted that "it's hard to imagine this week going much better." This all leads up to Saturday's Senior Bowl, which will be a public unveiling of sorts for Wentz. Even if he struggles in that contest, scouts view the practice week as a far, far more important evaluating tool.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 10:13 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz turned in an "outstanding performance" during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Wentz was already on the upswing as a draft commodity entering this week and as Jeremiah noted, "everyone was eager to see how he would respond to the pressure and higher completion level." By all accounts, the 6-foot-6, 231-pound gunslinger passed with flying colors. "He displayed ideal size, arm strength and most importantly, poise," the draft analyst wrote, adding that "this moment wasn't too big for him." He indicated that he believes Wentz has earned a first-round selection at this point. Expect this kind of talk to continue unless Wentz stumbles. ESPN's Todd McShay went so far as to say that "it's hard to imagine this week going much better."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 1:36 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz "has a lot of the characteristics that you look for."

Jackson met Wentz at the Senior Bowl. He has said he needs a "dominant, consistent quarterback'' and indicated there are a few available in the draft. NFL Network's Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah say Wentz is in the conversation to be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft. Cleveland, of course, has the highest pick (No. 2) of any team that needs a QB. "I thought it went well,'' said Wentz of his meeting with Jackson. "Kind of like all of my meetings, it went well and he seemed like a really good guy and obviously I'm assuming he's going to be a really good coach up there in Cleveland, so it went well.'' ESPN's Mel Kiper has speculated that the Cowboys may trade up to No. 1 to grab Tony Romo's successor. Wentz also had positive impressions of meeting Dallas owner Jerry Jones at the event. ""It was cool,'' said Wentz. "Obviously a legend and icon like Jerry Jones, it's really cool to get to meet him."
Jan 29 - 1:01 PM

An AFC personnel director said "I like [North Dakota State T Joe Haeg] a lot.

"He’s tough," the exec said. "He’s got a good hand punch and he stays on his feet and can mirror pass rushers. He’s got the upside that you want to work with and develop him for down the road into a future starter." The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has gone from little-recruited 240-pound high school senior in Brainerd, Minn. to the blindside protector for QB Carson Wentz on the FCS champion Bison to perhaps a Day 2 slot. Not everyone agrees on his value. "He’s a good player," said analyst Russ Lande, a former Browns and Rams scout. "I don’t think he’s as good as [Billy Turner]. He’s got decent feet. He’s a good enough athlete to play tackle. My concern when I watch him is I don’t see the same nastiness. He’s a little more of a catch guy. Talent-wise, it’s there to play in the NFL. I don’t know if the lack of nastiness will make him more of a backup guy. He’s definitely a guy you want to take, though, at some point and find value."
Jan 29 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay says "it's hard to imagine this week going much better" for North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.

Wentz is currently living up to the hype and then some at the Senior Bowl. "Wentz's physical tools are obvious," McShay wrote. "He's a big, strong kid with an awesome arm and good mobility. He passed the test, showing he could make all the necessary throws." McShay went on to say that he loves the way Wentz carries himself, listening to the calls in the huddle even when he wasn't in it for mental reps. "You can tell Wentz just loves football. Within a QB class that doesn't really have a clear-cut top guy right now, Wentz made a strong case to be the No. 1 passer off the board," McShay wrote. The analyst reminded readers that Wentz is being coached by the staff of the Cowboys, who pick No. 4 overall. Dallas owner Jerry Jones approached Wentz after Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice.
Jan 29 - 10:38 AM


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