With 3rd pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select…

A quarterback? Most likely not.

Who is this Carson Wentz, though? Why are some calling him the consensus “no-brainer” pick? A virtual unknown before his junior season at NDSU, he’s taken this draft class by storm.

Is he a can’t-miss pick? Could he be the next Andrew Luck, as some “draft experts” are claiming?

Let’s break it down!


Height – 6’5″

Weight – 237 lbs 

Arm Length – 33 1/4″

Hand Size – 10″

40-yard dash time – 4.77 seconds*

Vertical Jump – 30 1/2″

Broad Jump – 118 inches*

3-Cone Drill – 6.86 seconds*

* Wentz tied for second in the QB class in these three categories



* NFL type arm

* Goes fluently through his progressions

* Escapability

* Handles blitz well

* High pocket presence

*Second best release in his class

* High football IQ

*Highest potential ceiling at QB


* Tendency to slouch in the pocket (not fully playing to his height)

* Small school prospect

* Tends to check it down too much.

* His accuracy could be an issue at the NFL level

* His footwork needs work

* Should probably sit one year

* Deep ball accuracy could be a problem

*Locks on to his main target at times


Though the Chargers most likely won’t draft Wentz, if I was a team looking for a franchise QB, he would be a fantastic pick. Having a veteran in front of him to learn from, allowing him to sit for at least a year, would be highly beneficial to his growth. The fact that he came from a small school shouldn’t be too much of a red flag; given NDSU ran a Pro-Style offense. Can he be the next Andrew Luck? I would say yes. But only if he is groomed correctly.


Chris Hoke


2 Responses to Draft Profile: Carson Wentz

  • Bruce says:

    After watching the NFL Channel’s presentation about this guy’s meeting with Steve Mariucci, I came away hugely impressed and will be surprised if he isn’t the #1 pick of the entire draft. Very impressive prospect.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t watch NFL Network film. You never know what these guys get paid to say. Best way is to watch tape for yourself. I didn’t watch anyone talk about Wentz on purpose so I wouldn’t get too high on him.

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