When I first heard the news of the Los Angeles Rams trading up for the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, there was only one name came to my mind: Carson Wentz, the quarterback out of North Dakota State.
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What was there not to like about Wentz? He’s built like Ben Roethlisberger, has an arm like Blake Bortles, and talent like Andrew Luck. He also has the personality and leadership that a 53-man roster can rally behind. The only really knock on him is his lack of FBS-level competition as a college athlete—but even then, he played in a pro-style offensive system which should smooth his transition to the NFL.
Initially, I truly believed that Carson Wentz was going to be the next Los Angeles Ram.
I began watching film on the 6’5” beast constructed in Bismarck, North Dakota, and I fell more in love with his prospect as a franchise quarterback. His ability to stand tall in the pocket, deliver incredible throws into tight windows, and scramble for substantial rushing gains intrigued me. He’s not the perfect quarterback prospect, but I’ve determined that he’s capable of becoming a top-10 quarterback at the professional level.
To me, the Rams traded all those picks for Carson Wentz. You simply don’t take a monumental risk to take the “safe” FCS quarterback over the “risky” FBS quarterback.
But everything changed when I viewed the recent interviews of both Wentz and Jared Goff out of the University of California Berkley hosted by Rams reporter Dani Klupenger.
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