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
* 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.