Draft season is upon us. And that means teams and fans are starving to find out more and more about the top prospects in this year's draft. Because the quarterback is the most important position on a football roster, many teams will look into taking one of the top signal-callers in April's draft, one of those teams being the Dallas Cowboys. California's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch have been tabbed as the first and second quarterback to be taken in the draft. However, the latest buzz is that people are extremely fascinated with North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.
DraftBreakdown's Jeff Risdon reported this interesting little scoop yesterday:
Draft nugget: was just told if Carson Wentz does well at Senior Bowl he's gone before Dallas gets a shot at him at 4 overall.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 19, 2016
Before people jump to conclusions about Wentz and his draft stock, it should be said that this is the time of the year where smokescreens start so teams interested in a player bite the bullet and draft their guy higher than maybe they would like. This could be the exact case of what is happening with Wentz. Nevertheless, the reason why I decided to write about him today was quite simple.
The 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl is less than two weeks away. That means there will be a week of practice for coaches to get an idea of what to expect in the game. Because their coaching staff has remained in place and they have a high draft pick, the Cowboys' coaching staff was selected to coach one of the two teams, the team Wentz just so happens to be on. This means that a huge part of the Cowboys' brass will have a week with Wentz to see if he fits the bill to be Tony Romo's successor.
A few weeks ago, I did a little evaluation on Wentz. Let's take a look at some of my notes:
- Good, yet inconsistent, touch
- Decent anticipation skills
- Very good decision-maker
- Locks onto targets
- Awkward throwing motion, but good footwork
- Coming from a system that is professional-style, but playing against lesser competition
- Can make all of the throws you need
- Hard-working, knowledgable, tough player
- Great size for the position