A new feature being run here at Live In The Stands is player spotlights. Something requested to be done by one of our writers. And what better way to display greatness, and share the background of some of the best players in professional sports.
Carson Wentz, now it was quite evident that Wentz was more than ready to be a starter in the NFL right out the draft, just what we did not know was how great he was going to be getting thrown into a starting role right away. It is quite common for NFL teams to draft a QB and allow him to learn under a veteran but in Wentz’s case, it was the opposite. From the start of the 2016 preseason, Wentz was said to be the “guy” in Philadelphia. And that he is.
Wentz at North Dakota, small school QB with a big arm
Now for Carson Wentz, a North Carolina native and former North Dakota State QB, Wentz excelled tremendously during his time as a Bison. During his draft year, Wentz was getting compared to Andrew Luck, following in the footsteps of Steve McNair and Tony Romo, Wentz had to prove to scouts that a small town QB could get the job done and be the best. It was not just Wentz ability to lead the offense, but at North Dakota, he ran a professional style offense, made cues at the line and took charge of that offense. He had the legs to run and the ability to throw the long ball. Above all, Wentz is one tough mother f*cker. After breaking his ribs and missing eight games, Wentz had to bounce back like never before his senior year. During that season Wentz won the CoSIDA Academic All American of the year, 2015 MVFC Honorable mention(2014 too), Senior Bowl Invitee, Two-Time captain and led the Bisons to back to back National title games.
2016 NFL Draft
Coming into the 2016 NFL Draft it was apparent Wentz was going to be a top ten, and or top five pick, but where he was going was unknown. At the time the Cleveland Browns had the second overall pick(where Wentz fell) but due to some change of heart, the Browns decided to trade that second overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.
(Details of the trade):
“The Eagles receive the No. 2 pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick from the Browns. The Browns get the eighth overall pick as well as a third-round pick (No. 77 overall) and a fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall) from the Eagles this year. Cleveland also receives Philadelphia’s first-round pick in 2017 and its second-round pick in 2018.”
Well with that being said at the time the Eagles wanted a quarterback to be the cornerstone of the franchise and someone that can carry this team to the next level and it was all on the weight of the Los Angeles Rams shoulders. The Rams were selected to go first and it was either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.
“And with the first overall pick, the Los Angeles Rams have selected Jared Goff”
A sigh of relief is taken from Eagles fans as Carson Wentz falls into the Philadelphia Eagles hands and since coming here has excelled tremendously.
During his first year, Wentz did not turn too many heads but he did pretty well for having absolutely no wideouts. In 2016 Wentz posted a 62.4 completion percentage, 3,782 yards, 236.4 yards per game, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions. Ranked 18th in passing yards, 25th in TD’s and 21st in yards/per game.
Fast forward to a year later and Wentz seems to be on a mission and has lead the Eagles to a 6-1 record, the best in the NFL. Aside from the Eagles, 6-1 record, Wentz is 4th in passing yards(1,852), 8th in yards per game(264.6), 1st in TD’s(17) and only has thrown four interceptions.
Right now, the Eagles are as happy as a bee in honey, they were able to grab that second overall pick from the Browns and get themselves a franchise quarterback, meanwhile, the Browns who have tried an infinite amount of QB’s in the last few years are dreading the trade. Wentz has only two years under his belt but with all the weapons, support and confidence this young QB posses, we can assure you Wentz will not be a one and done player, he is here for many more years. Expect Wentz to be a top five quarterback in the NFL for years to come.