3 potential NFL landing spots for QB Carson Wentz
Where do the top prospects fit best? We identified three ideal team fits for each player in the top 10, based on scheme, need and where each prospect is likely to be selected.
North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz is currently the No. 7 player on our draft board, and is being discussed as a potential top-five pick based on his arm strength, athleticism, and overall intangibles. We are limited in the amount of information we have on him relative to other prospects, but he performed well in the 2015 games that our PFF analysts went back and graded (PFF grades every game of every college football game that involves an FBS opponent, but performed an additional study for Wentz), and he has impressed with his physical tools.
Which teams would provide the best fits for him? Here are our picks for the top three:
Cleveland Browns: California QB Jared Goff is our top-ranked prospect at the position on our board, but it is fair to question whether he—with a smaller frame and smaller hands—is a better option for an AFC North team than the 6-foot-5-inch, 237-pound Wentz. The Browns have as big of a need at quarterback as any team in the NFL, and will almost certainly be selecting one at No. 2 overall.
Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo is just one year removed from earning the sixth-highest PFF passing grade and fourth-best deep-ball accuracy rate in the NFL. However, he will also turn 36 before the start of the season, meaning that drafting a high-ceiling FCS product like Wentz who might benefit from a year learning from a veteran like Romo has to be tempting for the Cowboys. They learned the hard way last year about what happens when you don’t have a viable backup quarterback.
Los Angeles Rams: Moving up from the No. 15 overall pick to draft Wentz is going to be very difficult for the Rams, but if somehow they were able to make it happen, this would be a great fit. Look no further than last year’s draft to see the team’s interest in developing a tough, physical profile on offense (power-back Todd Gurley and run-blocking maulers Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown made up their first three picks), and Wentz projects to be able to provide something of a power-run element in the pros.