Finding Broncos: Scouting Quarterback Carson Wentz

Next up for Erick Trickel is a smaller school quarterback prospect. Is Carson Wentz for real?

http://www.scout.com/player/200548-carson-wentz?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.77 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 30.5 inches

BROAD JUMP: 118.0 inches

3-CONE DRILL: 6.86 seconds

Pros

  • Ideal build and weight distribution for NFL quarterback
  • Good at throwing downfield with enough velocity
  • Really good ball placement
  • Tight release
  • Improved footwork
  • Does a great job avoiding pressure with subtle movements in the pocket
  • Played in a pro-style offense, which gave him plenty of experience under center
  • Functional athleticism
  • Does well when he does have to scramble, and avoids defenders
  • Quick through his progressions making great decisions quickly
  • Tough both physically and mentally
  • Doesn’t let his mistakes linger on his mind/short term memory
  • Answered concerns with level of competition at the Senior Bowl
  • Can make NFL throws consistently
  • Eats up zone coverage
  • Excellent reads and vision
  • Stands tall in the pocket, and willing to take a hit to complete a pass
  • Highly intelligent and high football IQ
  • Can consistently hit open windows
  • Adequate at selling play fakes
  • Will have no problem picking up NFL playbooks
  • Can feel and avoid pressure without dropping his eyes
  • Rolls out right very well
  • Can fit the ball into tight spots
  • Will set up mismatches and take advantage of them


Cons

  • Inconsistent on timing
  • Inconsistent on throws downfield
  • Locks onto receiver more than coaches can be comfortable with
  • Floats passes some when he needs to throw with velocity, leaving targets open for a big hit
  • While his footwork is improved, it is still inconsistent
  • Isn’t comfortable rolling to the left
  • Has some serious injury concerns, including a broken bone in his wrist which sidelined him for 8 weeks
  • Needs to speed up his set up for passes

 

Overall Thoughts

To me, Wentz is the best quarterback in the draft, and the only one worth a top-10 pick. However, it will be a rough ride to start. Whoever drafts him will have to be patient, continue to groom him, and put good pieces around him.

He would fit in really well the offensive scheme from the Denver Broncos. I just don’t see him falling far enough down for the Broncos to be able to snag him. Ultimately, Wentz probably goes No. 2 to the Cleveland Browns and never reaches his full potential or comes close.

Broncos Round Projection: Top 10

Where He Goes: Top 5

Per sources, Denver likes Wentz but they don’t view him as someone they can realistically acquire, due to do where they think he goes and lack of ammo to trade up that high to get him. Multiple teams in the top 10 really like him and no one thinks he falls out of the top 10, if the Browns pass him up for some reason.

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