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Wentz generating buzz as Senior Bowl week begins

AMES, IA Ð AUGUST 30: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the North Dakota State Bison throws under pressure from linebacker Kane Seeley #29 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Dakota State defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) Getty Images

The annual Senior Bowl festivities begin Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., but North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz is already the star of the show.

Phil Savage, the former Browns general manager who’s now the executive director of the Senior Bowl, told reporters Monday that Wentz could end up going in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft.

“With Carson Wentz, most of the scouts I talked to during the year probably thought he was worthy of second-round consideration,” Savage said. “But a second-round grade in September is a high grade for a small school. As the fall progressed, then it became, ‘Well, no, he’s more of a first-rounder.’ And within the last two weeks, I had two phone calls from (NFL personnel) friends of mine saying that Wentz isn’t just a first-rounder, he’s going in the top 10.

“So, there’s a real buzz about him.”

The Senior Bowl is the most prestigious of the postseason all-star games. Practices begin Tuesday, and almost every NFL coach, scout and personnel exec will be in attendance. Wentz and his fellow Senior Bowlers will also meet with representatives of interested teams this week in Mobile.

Wentz will play for the North team this week and be coached by the Cowboys coaching staff. The Cowboys have the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, and though it’s very early in the process, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah had Wentz going No. 4 to the Cowboys in his first mock draft after the early entries were finalized.

Josh Norris of RotoWorld wrote that he has seen “more than enough to rank [Wentz] as the top quarterback” at the Senior Bowl.

North Dakota State listed Wentz at 6-foot-6, 235. He’ll be officially weighed and measured in front of NFL scouts and coaches at the Senior Bowl Tuesday morning.

Wentz captained two FCS national championship teams and had a 64 percent completion percentage in his college career. He missed eight games last fall due to a broken wrist but returned for the national title game.

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15 Responses to “Wentz generating buzz as Senior Bowl week begins”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jan 25, 2016 10:04 PM

    Phil Savage also tried desperately to get JaMarcus Russell when he was the Browns GM.

  2. icallbs81 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:19 PM

    so what’s your point? Did you watch Wentz last year or for the first half of this past season and the FCS championship game? He is a good player and far better than any failed QB Dallas may attempt to get during free agency or through trade to back up Romo.

  3. fantom21 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:50 PM

    @drfeelyouup, who didn’t want JaMarcus coming out of college? He was supposed to be what Cam is now.

  4. chmurasbabysittersclub says: Jan 25, 2016 10:57 PM

    I love draft season!

  5. mullman76 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:24 PM

    Everybody loved JaMarcus.

    The Raiders were the unfortunate team with the #1 overall pick that year.

  6. Pocari Sweat says: Jan 25, 2016 11:45 PM

    @fantom21 @drfeelyouup

    Exactly.

    JaMarcus was a unanimous #1 pick. No one saw bad things coming.

    If you’re going to ridicule Savage for liking Russell, you’re going to have to ridicule a lot of respected people who also liked him.

  7. jdphx says: Jan 26, 2016 12:03 AM

    Not too excited over any QB named Carson these days….

  8. zaphod424242 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:18 AM

    This guy has the most upside as a prototypical QB. Ideally he goes somewhere where he can develop under an NFL staff and learn that level of offense. Ideally.

  9. wisemane82 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:09 AM

    I agree jdphx .. There are better first round talent qb’s coming out of college next season. Watson, Mayfield, Kelly, etc. If Romo has at least 5 yrs left it would be ludicrous to draft this guy in the first round. I would go Treadwell 4th and try to get Henry in the second rd..

  10. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 26, 2016 2:17 AM

    Hear that? Wentz is going in the 1st rd. At Ravens, we are waiting for your calls. Our 6th is available if you want it. AT A COST.

  11. montango says: Jan 26, 2016 6:11 AM

    Doesn’t matter what the Cowboys want, browns will snag him at 2

  12. drfeelyouup says: Jan 26, 2016 6:49 AM

    Russell was a lazy Doughboy sippin in the purple drank. Phil Savage turned a blind eye just like the Browns did when they drafted Manziel

  13. pensfan1 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:10 AM

    Don’t forget that he was part of the NDSU five straight National Championship teams. And they did it right away after moving from DII to DI and beat FBS schools doing it. Red shirt the first, backup for two, and starting QB for two. No other QB alive can say that (except for his teammates). Size of Big Ben, mobility and part of a program that developed and prepared him for the next level.

  14. dawkphan says: Jan 26, 2016 9:11 AM

    Please fall to the Eagles !

  15. cougar69rt03 says: Jan 27, 2016 12:53 AM

    The kid can play .

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