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Jon Gruden calls Carson Wentz “the most NFL-ready” QB in years

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Carson Wentz of North Dakota State throws during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

We’ve long suspected that the initial read on draft-eligible quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff would be based on old stereotypes of where they went to school.

And sure enough, the early word at the Scouting Combine was that the kind who went to FCS-level North Dakota State was impressive, but that the one from Cal might be closer to playing immediately.

But Jon Gruden doesn’t necessarily agree.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Gruden doled out his normal high praise, but suggested an immediacy about Wentz that others may not have.

I think he’s the most NFL-ready quarterback that we’ve had in the last couple of years,” Gruden said during his quarterback camp series, which will air in April.

While such laurels are the kind Gruden hands out to everybody, it’s interesting to hear the conversation about Wentz turn from his long-term potential to what he can do from day one.

And depending on who ends up drafting him, that could be an important distinction indeed.

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38 Responses to “Jon Gruden calls Carson Wentz “the most NFL-ready” QB in years”
  1. shackdelrio says: Mar 15, 2016 5:58 AM

    Why do people care what Gruden says about quarterbacks in the draft.

    Below is a list of all the young QB’s he had success with while in the NFL:

    That is all.

  2. docsweeney says: Mar 15, 2016 6:08 AM

    Two other guys who were the most QB ready in their respective draft classes: Cade McNown and RexGrossman. Look it up. How did those workout?

  3. swagjag says: Mar 15, 2016 6:11 AM

    Doesn’t that pic of “the most NFL ready QB in years” show the same issue holding the ball that plagued Tebow and made it easy for him to get strip sacked?

  4. burfictisabeast says: Mar 15, 2016 6:24 AM

    Come on Cleveland you know you want to roll the dice one more time. Yahtzee!

  5. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 15, 2016 6:36 AM

    with the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Cleveland Browns select Carson Wentz QB….

  6. netrunner2k2 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:41 AM

    Gruden never saw a quarterback he didn’t love.

  7. darcrequiem says: Mar 15, 2016 7:08 AM

    Am I the only one that has a hard time taking Gruden’s analysis of QB’s seriously. He seems to like everyone. Ultimately it was his inability to identify a quality QB that got him canned in Tampa Bay.

  8. qdog112 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:26 AM

    Gruden has been so wrong, that he has become irrelevant. I think he loves the sound of his voice and he’s been so wrong on so may QBs, I don’t even listen to him.

  9. nenlain says: Mar 15, 2016 7:27 AM

    Jon Gruden had a revolving door at the QB position in Tampa, and for a while four QBs on the roster. This man told you that Tim Tebow was a first round talent. His word should mean zero to you, he lacks credibility, and where I’m standing…integrity.

  10. tonebones says: Mar 15, 2016 7:34 AM

    I love Jon Gruden’s enthusiasm and positive approach to covering football. Everyone is the greatest. He says the same thing about every player. I think he’s right about Wentz though.

  11. milesrunner262 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:45 AM

    Wasn’t Gruden a huge Johnny Football fan as well?

  12. milesrunner262 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:47 AM

    Umm yeah, wasn’t Gruden a huge Johnny Manziel fan too?

  13. footballfanatic says: Mar 15, 2016 7:53 AM

    Jon Gruden sucks, period. I’vev never heard an analyst spout off more nonsense in my life. “watch this play, this guy just wants to win!” oh really gruden? he wants to win? wow, thank you. “watch this play, he breaks a tackle here”, oh he broke a tackle, we didnt see that. “This guy has heart”, again, top notch analysis. And these QB camps is nothing but Gruden siding with whichever QB’s agent gives him more money. In 2013 he gushed about Ryan Nassib. When manziel wasnt getting picked- after EVERY single draft pick he’d talk about Manziel and how great he was. The dude couldnt have been more wrong!

  14. nflfollower says: Mar 15, 2016 7:55 AM

    Bronco need a qb i heard.

  15. seahawksbmx says: Mar 15, 2016 8:54 AM

    Gruden’s quote: “…the most NFL-ready quarterback that we’ve had in the last couple of years.”

    Headline: “…in years.”

    SMH.

  16. dogfromduckhunt says: Mar 15, 2016 9:11 AM

    Yeah and he was also Manziel’s number 1 fan…

  17. qdog112 says: Mar 15, 2016 9:24 AM

    Gruden has been so wrong, that he has become irrelevant. I think he loves the sound of his voice and he’s been so wrong on so many QBs, I don’t even listen to him.

  18. ddogdaddy says: Mar 15, 2016 9:26 AM

    Since a guy out of Stanford still playing under his rookie contract?

  19. charliecharger says: Mar 15, 2016 9:48 AM

    Wentz looks good to go. Goff looks ready too. Paxton Lynch isn’t far behind. This is the best QB class in years. Wait until Gruden sees them all. He’ll really be raving.

  20. captainwhodat says: Mar 15, 2016 9:58 AM

    …typical nonsense coming from Gruden’s (ever the self promotor) mouth…funny, Gruden always comments on QB’s in the draft but no one can name one rookie QB he developed as a head coach…

  21. floridascuba1 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:05 AM

    Didn’t he say something similar about Winston?

  22. godofwine330 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:28 AM

    I stopped listening to most of these pundits when they refused to give credence, or even a glance at the mountain of red flags that were Johnny Manziel a couple of years ago as if they were on the Manziel Family payroll. I’m a Monday morning couch scout. I’ve watched football for years and can often spot an NFL player given the tape and other data. And when given the data on Manziel, including the fact that he was booted from the Manning Passing Academy (which was never mentioned by any of the networks), including grumbling from his teammates about his lack of commitment to off-season workouts, again this was never mentioned.

    Jon Gruden likes to hear himself talk, and likely for fear that no QB is going to want to come if he bashes someone, even justifiably, he glows over everyone like they are the second coming of either Joe Montana or at least Alex Smith. That said, I am not wasting my time with any Gruden QB camp nonsense until he comes with Greg Cosell-like candidness. A friend of mine really likes Carson Wentz, for the Browns sake I hope Gruden is telling the truth this time.

  23. Big Ant TV says: Mar 15, 2016 10:34 AM

    Wentz or Lynch too my Cleveland Browns Please
    dont care what u say about lynch

  24. caeser12 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:37 AM

    We’re still waiting for someone, ANYONE, to name ANY QB that Gruden has drafted, and developed, into a star.

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 15, 2016 10:46 AM

    Cleveland is better off drafting offensive linemen and draft Deshaun Watson next year.

  26. fordmandalay says: Mar 15, 2016 10:51 AM

    Gruden’s opinion = the Kiss of Death.

  27. godofwine330 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:59 AM

    caesar12, the only QB that Jon Gruden developed into a star that I can think of is Rich Gannon, who up until Gruden was a journeyman that didn’t stop believin’. Gruden turned him into a perennial Pro Bowl QB. But I can’t think of anyone else.

  28. vikingferd says: Mar 15, 2016 11:09 AM

    Gruden’s an idiot. His future star QB picks were: Manziel, Tebow and Barkley, to name a few.

  29. bantyrooster97 says: Mar 15, 2016 12:20 PM

    Not hating on Wentz, but if he is so good why didn’t he play ball for a major school?

    Gruden’s opinion isn’t worth much!

  30. theclebrowns says: Mar 15, 2016 1:00 PM

    bantyrooster97 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 12:20 PM
    Not hating on Wentz, but if he is so good why didn’t he play ball for a major school?
    —————————————————————
    Why even waste the time listing the successful NFL QBs who didn’t play for a “major” school?

  31. realkelevra says: Mar 15, 2016 1:38 PM

    I can’t wait until the qb camp, regardless what Gruden says about anyone, you learn a lot about the qb just by watching the drills and conversations.

  32. joemammy says: Mar 15, 2016 2:05 PM

    The only time I ever watched Gruden’s quarterback camp was a few years ago, and he was working out Brandon Weeden. And was raving about how good he was.

    We all know how well that worked out.

  33. 1509lucky says: Mar 15, 2016 3:21 PM

    You do realize,he said the same thing about Jameis,last year? I mean,this would actually have some merit,if he had actually DEVELOPED an elite QB,

  34. belanger96 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:54 PM

    Last time somebody said that, it was about Brady Quinn! (Because he was coached by Charlie Weis…)

  35. babygaga19 says: Mar 15, 2016 9:50 PM

    It’s funny how the networks blow up their own people over and over (Gruden, Mayock) hoping we will believe they are super experts.

  36. bigtimebrownie says: Mar 15, 2016 9:54 PM

    Same guy who, on national television, said “somebody needs to pick Johnny Manziel…please”. Until you’re responsible for the outcome, Mr. Gruden, I think you should be quiet.

  37. bill14224 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:43 PM

    Good luck to Wentz, but if Gruden knew any more about who will end up a good QB than you or me there wouldn’t be so many QB flops. It’s a coin flip. No one knows if these boys will become men. Some do, others don’t. Hello, Johnny Manziel and RG III.

  38. jaydeebee21 says: Mar 19, 2016 6:59 AM

    Any QB worth taking in the 1st round should be able to start from Day 1 these days,

    As long as the offensive line is to a decent enough standard to avoid a David Carr style battering, throw the QB out there and let him sink or swim. If him throwing some interceptions and have it denting their confidence rather then helping them learn, then there’s a good chance they weren’t the right pick anyway.

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