Cowboys Coaches Will Get Long Look At QB Prospect Carson Wentz
By Thomas Duck
Head coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff will get to work with North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.
After a season like the Dallas Cowboys had in 2016, fans are left looking for the silver lining. One such ray of sunshine for those who follow America’s Team is that the NFL has selected the Cowboys coaching staff to coach the North team in the annual Senior Bowl game in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday. Dallas holds the fourth pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and while the front office scouts all the participants this week the coaches will be able to zero in on their roster. One player in particular will be of great interest to Cowboys coaches and fans alike.
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North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz is a very intriguing prospect heading into this draft season. The Bison are an FCS school and there are some questions about the level of competition Wentz faced. The one thing that can not be questioned is how Wentz performed against that competition. In his two years as starting quarterback, Wentz’ North Dakota State teams have one back-to-back NCAA Division I FCS Championships. Wentz was 20-3 as a starter in those two seasons and he completed 63.3% of his passes with 42 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions.
The Dallas coaching staff will now get to see how this small-school quarterback fares against the best seniors in college football. And even though Wentz’ school may be small, he certainly is not. Wentz boasts prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. At 6’6″ tall and weighing 235 lbs., Wentz has the measurables that pro scouts are looking for. He is, in fact, virtually the same size as Arizona Cardinals starter Carson Palmer. Wentz is nowhere near as polished as the former Heisman Trophy winner was when he came out of USC.
By all accounts, Wentz is a quarterback that is in need of some seasoning however. That is exactly what he would get should Dallas decide to use their first round pick on him. With Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looking to play at least three more seasons, Wentz would be given the chance to sit and learn. There are those who think the Cowboys should use this year’s first rounder on a player that will help the team immediately. But if Dallas believes that Wentz will develop into a top-level NFL starter they would be wise to pull the trigger and solidify the single most important position in the game for the foreseeable future.
Top five NFL draft picks are a very rare and precious thing. Using such a pick on a quarterback can make or break a franchise for years. The Cowboys coaches will not have to rely on scouting reports and game film alone to evaluate Carson Wentz. They are going to get the opportunity to work with him first hand for the next six days in Mobile. If they come away impressed, the team may just be using their number four pick to take the Dallas Cowboys quarterback of the future this April 28th in Chicago.
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