After a week of anticipation following the dramatic trade with the Cleveland Browns to get up to the number-two pick, the Philadelphia Eagles did what everyone thought they would do: drafted quarterback Carson Wentz from North Dakota State. Also according to script, the LA Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff first overall.
On skillset and measurables, Wentz impresses. At 6’5″ and 235 lbs, he looks the part of a franchise quarterback. With a strong arm, good football intelligence, and experience in a pro-style system in college, Wentz has the potential to be great at the next level (check out John Gruden’s QB Camp with Wentz for a look at his comprehension of complex, pro-style play calls). On the downside, spotty decision making and average deep-ball accuracy have been concerns heading into the draft and will be things the new Eagles QB will have to work on.
Wentz joins a fractured quarterbacks room as Sam Bradford continues to insist on being traded, setting up a potential lowball-trade or a showdown when preseason workouts turn to mandatory training camp. Initially, acting general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson stated that Bradford was the starting quarterback for 2016, a statement Roseman reiterated in the days following Bradford’s trade demand. If the Eagles do trade Bradford, backup Chase Daniel will likely start the season as the team expects to ease Wentz into his NFL experience.
It is just the sixth time in the last forty years that the top two picks in the NFL draft have been quarterbacks, and the eighth time in league history: