MOBILE, Alabama -- The most intriguing quarterback propsect during last week's practices was Wentz. However, when Wentz's North squad fell 27-16 to the South in Saturday's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott won the game's MVP honors.
With a stat line of 6/10 for 50 yards, including two sacks and a fumble, it would be easy for the D1FCS product to feel uncertain about his future in the NFL. Yet Wentz came away with a revelation.
"I think the biggest thing I learned is I can play at this level," Wentz said. "I can play with this speed ... It was very fun; very busy. It was a good time."
The stats don't exactly do Wentz justice. (One reason the video above flashes back to the beginning of Senior Bowl Week, with reflections on other practice standouts, too.) Two of his incompletions were clear drops that hit receivers Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Cincinnati's Chris Moore right in the hands. Completions to those two would have raised Wentz's NFL passer rating above that of 72.9 which he finished.
"There's so much for a quarterback to learn in a short period of time," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who coached the North squad, said after the game. "Each of those guys, Monday night, we got together and gave each of them a playbook and said you got to learn it fast. And each of those guys had the right approach. I think they got better. It was fun to work with them."
Wentz appreciated the hustle and bustle around the preparation of the game.
"It was a good week, a busy week, a lot of things, a lot of meetings, a lot of interviews, all sorts of things," said Wentz.
Garrett wouldn't elaborate on his praise for the passer out of North Dakota State, simply stating that Wentz "did a good job." The former Bison knows he has more preparations to make as the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis is just around the corner in late February after Super Bowl 50. At Lucas Oil Stadium, Wentz will have to compete against the likes of quarterback standouts in Memphis' Paxton Lynch and Cal's Jared Goff if he hopes to improve his draft stock.
"Coming out of here,'' Wentz said, "I just need to go back to work and see if there's anything I need to tweak."
The Cowboys, too, go back to work on the subject of drafting a QB high. Among the questions they are working to answer:
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