It’s been a little over two months since Carson Wentz was drafted with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been a little over two months since Wentz held up his new jersey on stage with Commissioner Goodell in Chicago, IL. It’s been a little over two months, and I still don’t believe ANY of the hype surrounding Carson Wentz.
Everyone likes to try and explain these “intangibles” that he posses, such as great size and athleticism. You can have all of the intangibles in the world, but if you don’t have a resume of facing top-tier talent (FBS), then those intangibles don’t mean a thing in my book.
For those who may not know, Wentz was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the #2 overall pick out of North Dakota State. At NDSU, Wentz racked up 45 TD’s on 5,115 passing yards throughout his four years there.
Those sound like impressive numbers, right? Not until you see who he was playing.
Western Illinois! Northern Iowa! Southern Illinois! Teams where the “big dogs” of D-1 football would have their backups in by halftime if they were to play them.
And even though he had a very impressive record during his college tenure, it’s not like Wentz went up against top D-1 teams like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan State, etc… To me, a guy from the Missouri Valley Conference would be the biggest gamble EVER if he were taken anywhere near the Top 5 of the draft, ESPECIALLY #2.
And that’s exactly what the Eagles took, a gamble.
Before the NFL Draft even began, the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to make a splash in the draft, and they decided to “gamble” their future to do it. To get the #2 pick, the Eagles agreed to hand over three picks in 2016 (first, third, and fourth round), one pick in 2017 (first round), and one pick in 2018 (second round) to the Cleveland Browns.
In my opinion, if you are going to give up that much for one guy, then he better be the second coming of Joe Montana in the end! (Just saying!)
Comparisons To Past FCS Draft Picks
“But what about Joe Flacco? He was drafted in the first round out of the (FCS),” some may say.
First off, Joe Flacco wasn’t picked #2 overall. Flacco was picked 18th in that draft by the Baltimore Ravens. So how you can compare the two is BEYOND me!
But besides that, Joe Flacco hasn’t been anything special as of late. Yes, he has one Super Bowl win. But he also had a top 3 defense that season lead by the likes of Ray Lewis and co.
Statistically, Flacco has been Top 10 in the league in TD’s ONCE in his career, (tied for 10th in 2010). Besides that, Flacco has not been Top 10 in the league in any other major passing statistic the rest of his career.
So if you are going to pursue a guy like Wentz the way the Eagles have, he better not be a “Joe Flacco.” He better become a franchise player and a Top 5 passer in the league. Not a middle of the pack guy.
Play To Impress
Even though the media and all of these insiders have been hyping up Wentz for some time now, I still don’t believe it. Until Wentz steps out on an NFL field and lives up to the hype, I will not be a believer.
(And if you have something to say about it, tweet me @KShermanSports.)