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We continue the series with a scouting report of North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.
Name: Carson Wentz
School: North Dakota State
Weight: 237 pounds
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Who is Carson Wentz?
That is the question many fans are asking as the FCS quarterback from North Dakota State is skyrocketing up draft boards as a consensus top-10 pick.
A two-year starter in college, the QB threw for 3,111 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2014 as the Bison captured their fourth consecutive FCS championship with Wentz leading the offense and the Chargers' Kyle Emanuel spearheading the defense. Last season, he overcame a broken wrist to start seven games, leading the school to another title as he passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for an additional six TDs.
The 6-5, 237-pounder stands tall in the pocket with pinpoint accuracy and strong zip on his throws. Scouts rave about his football intelligence and poise under pressure as he is a calm leader with the ball in his hands. The QB is also a threat to tuck it and run with enough athleticism to beat defenses with his legs.
Wentz obviously faces a steep learning curve jumping from the FCS to the NFL. However, unlike many other quarterback prospects, he has experience running a pro-style offense at North Dakota State. With his raw talent, high IQ and noted work ethic, many believe Wentz is capable of being a franchise quarterback at the next level.
40-Yard Dash: 4.77 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118.0 inches
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