As expected since they traded up into the second pick, the Eagles have selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick. Here’s what you need to know about him:
He’s 6’5″ 223 lbs. That comps to Philip Rivers, who registers at the same height but eight pounds heavier.
He Can Move a Bit
He clocked a 4.77 in the 40 yard dash at the combine this year. For comparison, that’s .05 seconds slower than Tim Tebow. It was tied for second fastest among quarterbacks at the combine this year. Wentz’s broad jump of 9’10” compares to E.J. Manuel, and is two inches longer than Mark Sanchez’s.
He Played in a “Pro-Style” Offense
From his NFL.com combine bio:
“Tall with an athletic, proportional build that is made for the NFL position. Played in a pro-style attack with plenty of snaps under center. Asked to make NFL throws and showed he could do it. Stands tall in the pocket and delivers with a relatively high release point. Keeps ball high and tight in the pocket and can uncork it quickly with tight, sharp release and little wasted motion. Throws catchable ball with tight spiral …
Sees lurking linebackers underneath and throws receivers open to safest spot in the passing window. Able to change arm slots and still throw a strike. Has plus deep ball accuracy and touch. Calm in pocket and has no problems sitting in and taking a hit to complete a pass. Excelled in structured passing attack that required him to read the entire field. Has athleticism to escape pressure and hurt defenses with his legs. Already able to feel pressure on the edges and slide around in pocket without dropping his eyes …
With a body type that is as prototypical as they come and a background in reading the entire field and working through progressions, Wentz will immediately check a couple of boxes that many college quarterbacks won’t be able to check. While his arm strength is OK, he can still make all the throws and he can make them with accuracy. His ability to escape pressure and pick up first downs with his feet will be yet another check mark in his favor. Wentz is still in a developmental phase after just two years at an FBS program, but has the mental and physical building blocks of a future, franchise quarterback.”
He’s Kind of a Dork
But in a charming way. He’s a simple man with simple interests. Here are some clips from his Snapchat takeover today:
Seriously looks ready for junior prom I love it pic.twitter.com/vCJwrenA1P
— Jim Adair (@jimadair3) April 28, 2016
He’s Got a Jesus Tattoo
Wentz has a small tattoo on the inside wrist of his right throwing hand. It looks like the letters “AO1” with a cross inside the O. That’s exactly it. “AO1 — audience of one,” Wentz said. “I’m a big faith-based guy. So I’m just playing for the Lord. And whether I’m playing, or whatever I’m doing, I just do it for the audience of the Lord.”
Here He is in Action