Carson Wentz was the 2010 North Dakota 3A Player of the Year in high school, but was unranked by Rivals. He committed to North Dakota State and redshirted his freshman season. He didn’t start for the Bisons until two years later as a redshirt junior completing his first full season. As a redshirt senior he broke his wrist six games into the season. He sat out the next eight, but started in the Bisons’ national championship game versus Jacksonville State. Leading them to their 5th FCS National Championship title in a row, he enters the 2016 NFL Draft as one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft.
|DOB||December 30, 1992||Bench (225 lbs)||DNP|
|Weight||237 lbs||Broad Jump||9’10”|
|Arms||33.25 in||20 Yard Shuttle||4.15 sec|
|Hands||10 in||3 Cone Drill||6.86 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.77 sec (1.66 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||DNP|
Stats and Awards
|North Dakota State (2011-2015)|
|2015 (7G) – 130/208, 1,651 yd, 17 TD, 4 INT, 294 rush yd, 6 TD||CoSIDA Football Academic All-American of the Year|
|2014 (16G) – 228/358, 3,111 yd, 25 TD, 10 INT, 642 rush yd, 6 TD||CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American|
|2013 (7G) – 22/30, 209 yd, 1 TD, 70 rush yd|
|2012 (5G) – 12/16, 144 yd, 2 TD, 22 rush yd, 1 TD|
|2011 – Redshirted|
Pro-Style Offense and Level of Competition
Carson Wentz ran a pro-style system in college. Routinely he was asked to step up to the line of scrimmage and read the defensive coverage to determine his read progression. In the first play, the Bisons run a curl-flat combination on the left side of the field. Reading the defense as Cover 3 with three deep defenders, Wentz locates the correct receiver between the deep left and underneath sideline zones.
In the next play, Wentz runs a three-level read up the sideline and places an accurate pass to the sideline on the run reading the progression correctly from high-to-low.
While Wentz ran a pro-style offense at North Dakota State, the level of competition at times was abysmal. Busted coverages were common. Although Wentz did a good job of taking advantage of them, it must be noted that North Dakota State won all eight games Wentz was injured for with his broken wrist, and the Bisons were a five-time consecutive national championship program with the fourth and fifth while Wentz was their quarterback.
Staring Down Receivers, Not Cycling Through Progressions
Wentz’s fatal flaw is that he stares down receivers waiting for them to get open This tunnel vision causes Wentz to force balls into precarious situations. Often, the level of competition he faced allowed him to do this, but he needs to improve on his progressions post-snap to be successful in the NFL.
The good news is that he has more experience than most college quarterbacks have coming into the NFL so his development should be quicker.
Wentz also struggles with forcing passes that shouldn’t be thrown. He would much rather push the defense relying on his arm strength than take a necessary sack. Again, it doesn’t happen on every pressure, but it happened enough for it to be noted as a cause for concern in this report.