Who is Carson Wentz? Get to know the North Dakota State QB

Night net null INDIANAPOLIS — Carson Wentz is likely to become just the fifth quarterback from an FCS school taken in the first round of the Night net Draft.If the Cleveland Browns select him second overall, it would be the highest an FCS player has ever been drafted. MORE: Top 15 all-time Night net Combine performers | Tunsil, Titans fit to a TThe Houston Oilers picked former Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair third overall in the 1995 draft. Of the previous four FCS quarterbacks taken in the first round, all have played in the Super Bowl and only McNair failed to win it. The other three quarterbacks were Doug Williams (Grambling, 1978), Phil Simms (Morehead State, 1979) and Joe Flacco (Delaware, 2008). Wentz should be the first-ever NDSU player selected in the first round after throwing for 5,115 yards with 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing better than 64 percent of his passes with over 1,000 rushing yards and 13 scores.That bodes well for the 23-year-old Wentz, who said his track record speaks for itself.Winner — Not only does Wentz have a big arm, he’s a proven winner at the FCS level. A fifth-year senior, Wentz was part of a program that won five straight FCS national titles and went 20-3 as a starter over the last two seasons.“I'm confident. I believe in myself to be a franchise quarterback,” Wentz said Thursday at the Night net Scouting Combine. “When I think of a franchise quarterback not only do I think of the physical ability, but I think of being a winner, winning ball games, taking command, being a leader. All those things come to mind.”Wentz said the only opinions that really matter are those of Night net teams, and they’re on board.“He’s got the stature you’re looking for. He’s got the intelligence you’re looking for. There are so many positive to draw from,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said of Wentz. “Now, how ready is he going to be when he gets to the league? I think there will be a learning curve, but there is for everybody at that position.”MORE: Why some team will panic and reach for a QB | Night net scouts' new question: Do you really love the game?Unselfish “servant leader” — When Wentz was a high school junior, he was coming off a baseball-related shoulder injury and wasn’t ready to throw in the fall. So he moved to receiver and played linebacker and safety on defense. He also incurred a broken thumb, but even after he healed, he played out the season at linebacker.Wentz was a 5-8 high school freshman and hit his growth spurt late. That’s one reason he wasn’t on the radar of larger schools.Former NDSU offensive lineman Joe Haeg called Wentz a “servant leader” and an “amazing player” who “attacks the game.”“He does an amazing job of not only lifting his game but lifting the games of everyone around him,” Haeg said Wednesday. “He’s a great leader and he's someone that you definitely want on your team.”When it comes to football, Haeg said Wentz is “super serious,” but he has a fun side. Wentz will pull minor pranks in the locker room, and he’s a fan of airsoft guns. Haeg told a brief anecdote about an airsoft battle that took place in the dorms when they were freshmen, but “it was nothing too crazy.”“All the freshman were back in the dorms over our … we called it winter camp as everyone else was back home for Christmas,” Wentz further explained. “So we had the dorm to ourselves and we had a little fun.”The next Luck or Flacco? — Wentz has been compared in stature to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Wentz is 6-5, 233 while Luck is 6-4, 240. Both have strong arms capable of making every Night net throw. Luck was a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first three seasons while leading the Colts to the playoffs all three years.Wentz has also drawn comparisons to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who is 6-6, 245 and also came out of an FCS program. The Ravens selected Flacco with the 18th overall pick of the 2008 Night net draft. Flacco was the rookie of the year and later MVP of Super Bow

l XLVII.“Flacco coming in really right away as a rookie and winning some ball games, I think shows that adjustment can be made by special players for sure,” Wentz said.MORE: Top 10 draft tradesSenior Bowl star — Wentz proved to many he’s the real deal during Senior Bowl week in late January. Wentz is talented and smart with excellent athleticism, as well as a technically sound thrower who is accurate on the run. He showed good pocket presence and looked off defenders. He was described by those who saw him in person as the “real deal.”“It's kind of what I expected going in to show what I'm capable of,” Wentz said. “But I think to a lot of people it showed I can handle that game speed. Obviously there's still going to be a big jump going forward, but that was probably the big question everyone wants to know.“Can he adjust? He was playing FCS ball. All these guys are FBS guys. I think I went in there and proved that I could handle it.”While he did fumble a snap from under center, Wentz picked up the pro-style offense in Mobile quickly — even correcting Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on route assignments.“Anytime you go into the locker room, he’s in there watching film. He’s in there 24-7 basically,” Haeg said. “He really commits himself to the game. He’s a student of the game and likes to learn. He’s always asking the coaches questions to see how certain defenses work. He’s the master of his craft.“He’s a guy that we've always known would be special. Now obviously everyone is recognizing it.”