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.