Which NFL Team Will Draft Carson Wentz?

    What NFL team will draft Carson Wentz, former North Dakota State quarterback and presumptive first-round pick in the NFL Draft?

    March 24, 2016

    Carson Wentz is likely a first-round pick, but who will draft the former North Dakota State quarterback?

    It’s not every often we see players from outside the Power Five conferences go in the first round of the NFL Draft. Seldom do we see quarterbacks who were unranked out of high school get drafted at all — let alone as a top-five pick. 
    While he may not be the next Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz has been getting a lot of love throughout the draft process. He’s not a pure passer, but there will be some NFL executive or head coach who believes he can turn Wentz into a franchise quarterback. 

    There are plenty of football fans who have absolutely no idea what to think about Wentz.  And that’s why we’re here: to tell you who should pick Wentz and who will draft him. 

    Who Should Draft Carson Wentz?

    Pete Fiutak

    I originally thought Wentz was a rock-solid lock to go with the No. 2 overall pick to Cleveland, with the idea that the franchise needs a few years to build up the base of players with a promising young quarterback to build around. That still might be the case.

    Cleveland’s free agent signing of Robert Griffin III is a Band-aid – he’s probably not going to be the starting quarterback if and when the Browns ever gets good at playing professional football. There needs to be a second option to build with, but now there’s no real need to do it with the second overall pick.

    So Cleveland should trade down into the late first round, go for a Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook – or better yet, trade down to around the eight and hope Wentz or Jared Goff ends up sliding.

    But let’s say everything stays as is and Cleveland doesn’t move out of the No. 2. It’s an easy move to take either Laremy Tunsil, Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey – assuming Tennessee goes Tunsil or Bosa. San Diego isn’t going to take Wentz, which leaves Dallas with an interesting call.

    The Cowboys are going for it right now, and they need a difference-maker who can step in and be a missing piece to a Super Bowl puzzle. However, they also need a quarterback when Tony Romo gets hurt again – or when he’s officially done sometime in the next two years.

    Wentz would be the perfect call to develop and then step in when Romo is finished, but that’s not going to happen.

    Jacksonville at the five and Baltimore at the six won’t go Wentz, but Chip Kelly at San Francisco’s seven might.

    Robert Judin

    Houston just gave Brock Osweiler $72 million, but that could very easily come back to bite them, and it probably will. Giving a four-year deal with $37 million guaranteed to a quarterback who started seven of the 21 games he’s played in a four-year span is absurd. It screams Matt Cassel, which is rarely a good thing.

    That’s why the Texans should draft Wentz. They boast the defense to back him up, and they already have a true No. 1 wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. With Lamar Miller in the backfield as a developmental crutch to ease the load for a rookie quarterback, Wentz would have the best chance to blossom under Bill O’Brien. Alas, giving Osweiler the piggy bank shut the door on taking Wentz.

    Who Will Draft Carson Wentz?

    Pete Fiutak

    My call: Wentz doesn’t get out of the first seven picks, with some team – either the Jets or Rams – making a big move to get up and take him, or else San Francisco being the stop to the slide. 

    Robert Judin

    Cleveland. It’s the Cleveland thing to do. Robert Griffin III will be the 25th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999, and when he is eventually shown the door like Johnny Manziel was, Wentz will mark No. 26.

    Hue Jackson try his hand at developing Wentz because, after all, who would take a quarterback at No. 2 overall and not give him the keys to the whole operation – rhetorical question. The Browns would absolutely do that. They’d also be the team to sign a former No. 2 overall pick and then pair him with the latest model.

    MORE: Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz – NFL Draft Stock Comparison


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