North Dakota State coach says Wentz ran an NFL-like offense

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The big question surrounding North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who is expected to go to the Eagles with the second overall pick in tonight’s draft, is whether he’s really ready for the NFL after playing at a lower level of college football. Wentz’s college coach says he might just be more ready than the other quarterbacks coming out of college this year.

North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman told the New York Times that in an era of no-huddle spread offenses in college football, Wentz comes out of a pro-style offense that will be a lot like what he runs for coach Doug Pederson in Philadelphia.

“The style of offense we play in — we’re a huddle, West Coast offense,” Klieman said. “We’re going to go under center, let the quarterback change protections, audible to run. . . . All those things are a little lost in college football because a lot of guys go no-huddle and look to the sideline to see what the coordinator’s going to run.”

Klieman said Wentz is no different than any other player drafted tonight, from any college. There’s always a learning curve in the NFL.

“It’s going to be a jump up for everybody,” he said.

It may not be as big a jump for Wentz as some people think.

31 responses to “North Dakota State coach says Wentz ran an NFL-like offense

  1. I like Wentz as a player but nothing prepares you for the NFL except playing in the NFL. That’s when the clock starts ticking and we see if you got what it takes.

  2. The coach makes some fair points but let’s not forget the level of competition. Going against D3 guys is not nearly the same as going against D1 guys.

  3. Of course it is not that big a jump, except all the linebackers are 230-245 and run a 4.5 forty and they are football smart. Of the many challenges between the college and pro game is the difference between an open receiver at one level and the pros.

  4. >>It may not be as big a jump for Wentz as some people think.

    We’ll see, we’ll see. 🙂

  5. In a way, I feel for these kids. Their entire lives are directed and picked over looking for any little thing that would cause concern. Personally, I like to root for a guy like this.

  6. Not sure if I’m buying that North Dakota State runs an NFL type offense. That’s like saying San Jose State runs an NBA like basketball system.

  7. Too bad everything I’ve seen of him, even against that lowly competition, he doesn’t anticipate his receivers’ routes. So if he couldn’t do that at the FCS level, how in the world is he ever going to get to that point in the NFL? This will be a spectacular failure.

  8. It also helps that he was older than most college players. He’ll be 24 later this year. That’s 2 less years he’ll be in the league so hopefully he can grab the starting job sooner rather than later.

  9. Absolute project QB at best

    In any normal draft year, he wouldn’t even be a consideration until the 5-6th round

  10. North Dakota State is FCS, not Division III. While they are one tier below FBS, they still get some pretty good players and some pretty good teams. Just ask Michigan (lost to Appalachian State), Florida (lost to Georgia Southern) and others.

  11. Drafting a QB reminds me of something Forest Gump said…”Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna git.”

    QBs are no different. For every Peyton Manning there’s a Ryan Leaf (or two). But then again, you get people like Joe Montana (3rd round) and Tom Brady (6th round). It’s like a crapshoot.

    I think how they performed in whatever offense in college is irrelevant. In most cases it’s going to boil down to a few things. Can he stay healthy? Is he willing to put in the necessary work? If the answers to both of those questions is “yes” then he has a chance.

  12. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Joe Flacco, Walter Payton, Rich Gannon, Brian Westbrook, Marques Colston, Vincent Jackson, Tony Romo, Jared Allen. All 1AA (FCS) players. If he can play he can play. There are plenty of NFL players that have come from that level.

  13. gotta love all of the pro scouts on here lol “from what I’ve seen he’s gonna be a bust”. Make sure you reach out to the Eagles and let them know your concerns so they can look into picking someone else

  14. I think its the 6’5″ 240 lbs, 4.0 GPA, and arm strength is what moved this guy up. I’m willing to bet if he were that when he was 16 instead of 22 he would have been in South Bend instead of North Dakota. As long as he sits and learns in the actual NFL I don’t see why he couldn’t succeed.

  15. We’ll see how the vaunted NDSU team does when it plays the U of Iowa in Kinnick Stadium in Sept. (not to be confused with the cross-state Iowa State Cyclowns which NDSU previously rolled).

  16. This isn’t new. Mayock, Mariucci, and others have been pointing out that NDSU runs a pro-style offense for months. Wentz has the ability to change plays on the line and call pass pro. They have also been pointing out that Cal does not and that Wentz is significantly ahead of Goff in terms of X’s and O’s of a pro-style offense.

  17. Wentz would have been recruited for a bigger school if not for his size and the fact that Bismark isn’t exactly a recruiting hot-bed. He was 5-8 and 125lbs as a freshmen in high school. He reached 6-3 his junior year but injured his throwing shoulder so he essentially played that year as a one-armed wide receiver. His senior year he was back to QB and grew to 6-5 and started getting a lot of FBS interest but already committed to NDSU and kept his word.

  18. I like Wentz. I think the will do well, but even with the “lower” competition, I would rather have him that a big school guy who has been in a run and shoot for 4 years and doesn’t take snaps under center until the college all star games.

  19. St. Louie Rams drafted Sam Bradford, the next best thing since a bowl of grits — and the Rams still suck. Los Angeles Rams will draft Wentz or Goff (or whoever) — and the Rams will still suck. Let’s Keep It Movin’ Here lol

  20. Hope some of you realize that of Goff’s 14 wins in 37 games, that 3 of them came against 1aa (fcs) teams, and only 4 of those wins came against teams that won 6 games or more in that season (2 of which were from the Mountain West Conference). Both kids have potential but let’s not hype either one to be better or more pro ready than the other.

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