Top QB In The Draft: Part I.
is not only the best QB in this Draft. He is not the most Pro. Cook and Wentz are the two QBs who
you can see consistently do the five
things that all QBs have to do in the NFL. That all rookie QBs struggle
with: 1- read the Safety before the play and make a call, 2- read the
middle linebacker, and set the protection, 3- turn his back to the defense
on play action and turn back around and find the safety, 4- go under
center, and amazing 5- call a friggin' play in a huddle. These are things
that Cook and Wentz do on Tape, and Goff did not.
played in a run first offense, but he was still in the shotgun a lot. Nice
footwork in a two step drop from shotgun, and hop steps forward into
pocket to give his WRs time to get open. Throws over the middle smoothly
and with nice accuracy, after he has to step up into the pocket do to
outside pressure. He was very successful at North Dakota, and won a
ton of games and Championships:
Two-year team captain for the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I FCS national champions...Went 20-3 as a starter...Missed eight games his senior year with a broken wrist but came back to start the national championship game...First North Dakota native to quarterback the Bison to a national championship...As a first-year starter, rallied the Bison out of a 14-0 deficit in the season-opening win at Iowa State and orchestrated two late game-winning drives in the playoffs...Intelligent player who poses a dual threat to opposing defenses with good speed and a strong arm...Finished third in NDSU history for career passing attempts (612), completions (392), yards (5115), touchdowns (45), completion percentage (.641) and pass efficiency rating (153.9)...Also fifth in NDSU history with 6,143 yards of total
throws nicely in the face of pressure, and doesn't flinch as he is being
hit. Still has to work on ball security in the pocket. He is so big and
strong. He played against a lower level of competition, so he doesn't secure
the ball all the time when he is being hit. One play he gets the ball off
so it is a compliment. The next he doesn't get it off so he fumbles it, so
it is a negative. Football really is a game of inches. But in the end, you
have to have QBs who are unafraid of the fire from the rush, but they also
have to be smart enough to know when they have to secure the ball.
runs a nice play action from the shotgun. He can keep the ball in the RB's
gut as he reads the defense, turn his back to the defense, and throw it as the defense is still
recovering. Very nice throw when the TE brakes free over the top. You can
see him turn his head and go through his progression one through four.
has a rocket of an arm. He has strong legs and lower under center than any
6-5 guy I have ever seen. He goes under center and takes snaps, which is
more than you can say for most of the other QBs. Nice footwork in 5-steps
drop. He will keep his head to the left as he drops, then take a hitch,
step forward, look to the opposite side of the field, and throw a rocket to
the WR on the opposite side the field throw.
is a tough running up the middle on the Option run. He might be a better
runner than Lynch straight up the middle, but he takes big hits. He can
take the big hit in the option run on 3rd and 1, and then avoid the rush
and throw it 40 yards down field so accurately it draws a flag from the
stride and speed on three step drops and steps into throws quicker than
anyone in this Draft. Sometimes he looks like he has to slow it down
rather than speed it up, like at the Senior Bowl.
Proday was incredible. He put the ball on the correct shoulder of the WR through the
whole process. He was hitting his WRs in stride deep time after time. He
letup on some throws, and threw with more touch, to his big tight end. Then he
threw it right in the bucket to his outside WR again. He kept throwing
dimes to the WR going down the sideline. One beautiful throw after another.
footwork. I love his balance in his pedal.
he hits the back foot and
shuffles, hitches, and throws in rhythm. The Browns QB coach Pep got
involved and squirted Wentz's hands right before the threw.
When Pep wet the ball on Goff, he looked annoyed and kept rubbing his
hands dry before he throw. Wentz didn't. He just threw the wet ball with
wet hands. His first throw with the wet ball was jammed into the ground.
The next three were great throws, and he didn't wipe off his hands once.
The fourth throw was a little high.
he had guys from the staff charging into his face on about ten throws.
Goff, very conspicuously I thought, did not. When I watched him on Tape, he always had
his worst throws when a rusher was right up in his face. Then Pep ran at
Goff a couple of times and he missed those throws.
don't watch a lot of Prodays. It's a little silly. But I watch Goff's
Proday, and I saw what I saw on Tape. I thought it was a complete
disaster, and moved him down forty picks. He has terrible ball placement. He
was throwing to the wrong shoulder consistently. He was throwing high. He threw a pass
way up high to the WR in the box that would have gotten him
killed. I watched the Goff workout and I didn't think he looked like
a 1st Round pick. If you can't place the ball on the correct shoulder
99% of the time when throwing against air at a Proday, then how are you going to do in
He fired one pass while scrambling out to his left that was unbelievable. He twisted his trunk and fired a ball on a rope 20-yards downfield. He had the biggest arm at the Senior Bowl. He turns and throws it as quick as anyone. He has the quickness with his feet and release on short throws that you need. He has good feet. He needs to work on his accuracy a little.
The North QBs were so much better than the South
QBs. Leading the way was Wentz. He was throwing it on a line to a WR
between two DBs on the final day of practice. He was a little erratic with
his throws early in the week. He was working his progressions down to his
option (4th), and throwing it accurately to the RB in the Flat. He showed
that he has the quick NFL mind that you need. He showed he can take
coaching and translate it mentally to the field.
Great feet. Of the top three QBs, he has the best feet and footwork, by
far. He is also a twitchy guys sometime behind the center. He has to actually slow it down a little sometimes instead of speed it up like most
college QBs have to do. He has that quick twitch brain that NFL QBs have to have as well. Great footwork under center. He understands the fundamentals of playing QBs
the best of the top three QBs. Great eyes. He can go under center, read the defense, and check the play into a different play. Lynch and Goff
did not do that. He has much better eyes than Goff and Lynch. He goes from one read to the next across the field better than any QB in this Draft. Lynch and Goff still eye down WRs like college QBs. Wentz's eyes rarely get stuck on one guy.
He can drop and read the Safety and throw accordingly. It's funny, with all the spread shotgun offenses that have overwhelmed the FBS, the QB from a Division II school is taught better QB fundamentals than the Division I QBs.
has the prototype size, arm, and athleticism. Getting a sub-7-seconds in
the 3-Cone at over 6-5 is unheard of quickness and agility. Those numbers
are usually reserved for DBs and Slot WRs. "He's just an
amazing player," his OLT Haeg said. "You throw on the film, you
watch how he attacks the process. How he attacks the game. He does an
amazing job of not only lifting his game but lifting the games of everyone
around him. He's a great leader and he's someone that you definitely want
on your team." He has played for a championship team every year of
his college career. He started his first game in college in 2014, after
spending his first two years as the backup QB. He got some spot duty and
threw 43 pass in those two seasons But he did a great job learning his
craft from the bench. He showed he read the whole field, and go all the
way across the field to his third or forth option "He’s just
someone that tries to lift the level of play of everyone around him,"
Haeg said. He threw for 25 TDs and 10 INTs in his only full year as a
starter,. He also rushed for 6 TDs You can tell he takes playing QB very
However, he has very little experience as a starter.
He only has a year and half of starter experience. "Oh yeah, definitely,
you see what he does off the field and then you see what he does on the field, there's no questioning
him" Haeg said when asked if he had a good work ethic. "The guy is so committed to the game. He's a master of his craft. He's a guy that we've always known would be special. Now obviously everyone is recognizing it."
He broke his throwing wrist this past season, and only started seven
games. But he did throw for 17 TDs and only 4 INTs while completing 62.5%
of his passes. Plus is a big runner, like Roethlisberger, and ran for 4
TDs as well.
Nice quick feet. He really had some of the best
footwork at the Combine. He has a very nice arm. Nice hitch step after
five step. Lost some accuracy at Combine.. He an Lynch where clearly
better thrower at the Combine. In their groups all the other QBs struggled
to throw it over the outside shoulder in the 5-step drill at Combine. He
is well versed in using the practice field to get better. "Even when we were redshirts, he was someone that was tearing up our defense as a scout team quarterback," Haeg said. "You can ask Coach Klieman (North Dakota HC). He always says it too. That 2011 year when we were both redshirts, Carson was the best quarterback our defense faced." Wentz reminds me of Roethlisberger.
He placed the throws right
where he was told to throw it. Terrific feet dropping back. You can see
this kid really took to coaching in college. He and Lynch had the best
feet dropping back at the Combine. I hate-hate-hate judging QBs at the
Combine in anyway. The only things that really matters to QBs at the
Combine are what we can't see on TV: dealing with pressure, meeting with
teams, chalkboard, medicals. But, Wentz and Lynch where clearly more
advanced with their footwork than any other QBs. Wentz went under center
in a run first offense in college. Nice placement on deep flag route. They
told him to take 7-step drop with two hitches and he did it perfectly on
all three throw.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started all 16 games at quarterback...Set NDSU single-season records for passing attempts, completions, yards, and total offense per game...Completed 228 of 358 passes for 3,111 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10
interceptions...NDSU's second-leading rusher with 138 carries for 642 yards and six TDs while averaging 4.7 yards per carry...His 642 rushing yards were the most by a Bison QB since the veer-option offense of 1996...Rushed for 100 yards vs. South Dakota State and 120 vs. Youngstown State...Went 18 of 28 for 204 yards in his first start to beat Iowa State 34-14...Completed his first four passes at Iowa State to extend a streak of 10 consecutive completions including his last four appearances of the 2013 season...Career-high 247 passing yards and school-record five TDs in the win at Missouri State...Caught the game-tying 16-yard touchdown pass from running back John Crockett in a 17-10 comeback win at Western Illinois...Marched the Bison 76 yards in eight plays and 2:18 to beat South Dakota State in the FCS second round capped by a 12-yard pass to RJ
Urzendowski...Scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run to lift the Bison past Illinois State 29-27 with 37 seconds left in the FCS title game...Connected with Urzendowski on passes of 32, 13 and 33 yards to highlight that six-play, 78-yard drive that took just 1:01 off the clock...Named Most Outstanding Player of the title
game...MVFC All-Academic first team and Capital One Academic All-America first team...NCAA Elite 89 award winner for the highest GPA at the national championship game...Named to the MVFC Honor Roll.
He is a super come out of nowhere player, whose talent flashes off the screen. "Just be myself," Wentz
said about what Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff told him at the
Senior Bowl. "That's what they said, and that's what I tried to do coming in. I tried not to let all of this distract me from the mission."
But his body
has trouble standing up to the beatings high school and Division II QBs
takes. But man can he sling the ball. "I thought it went alright. Obviously, we didn't score any points, so that's always a bummer," Wentz
said at the Senior Bowl. "Overall, I thought it went well. I came down here on a mission to really show that I could play with this speed and guys at this level, and I thought I did that.
I think I really answered that this stage and this speed isn't too big for me. Whatever level you come from, even if you come from the SEC or Division III, you got to adjust to the speed. I think this was a good feel for that, but obviously going forward it's just going to get faster and faster.
I think the biggest thing I learned is that I can play at this level, play at this speed. It was fun. Very busy, but it was a good time."
He has one of the quickest releases,
from catch to throw I have seen. He made some throws at the Senior Bowl
that not a lot of guys in the NFL can make. "From my perspective, I saw what I needed to see," Mayock said
at the Senior Bowl. "Big arm Good location. Got rid of the football
[quick]." Physically he is the real
deal, if he can hold up physically.
At Montana 2015:
will run fake Jet sweeps, and he will keep it and run off tackle for the
1st. He can break a tackle with his feet and run for a while. He does a
great job following his blockers on outside runs, and can make guys miss,
like he did against Montana. He made two guys miss with his feet and ran
for a TD in the 2nd. Surprising athlete running with the ball in his
hands. I hate when QBs run in the NFL, they always get hurt, but this
kid had some giddy-up in his feet.
really like to run him in the Redzone. He ran for two TDs in the Redzone,
and I don't mean on the goal line, in the 2nd quarter against Montana.
Very nice hop-step stepping up into pocket to avoid the edge rusher. Very
tough guy to bring down sometimes. It took four guys to sack him in the
4th quarter against Montana. Nice job throwing underneath when he doesn't
like what he sees down field. He throws it at different speeds, and has a
fastball when he has time to wind up and step into it.
He does a nice job
throwing outside in two-minute drill. He will make mistakes on the Option
sometimes, and try to pull the ball out late. Which can result in ugly
fumbles. There is no need for him to run an option in the NFL.
They will leave the D-end unblocked to set up the middle screen, and he
does a nice job suckering the DE, and then throwing it back across his
body to the RB.
ball will float on him sometimes when he tries to touch it into the
endzone, which is not the worst thing in the world. He seems to throw the
ball better deep in the 2nd half. He really throws rockets when he can
catch, turn, and step into the throw in rhythm. He has a great arm and
great footwork in the shotgun. He really has the best footwork of any of
the top three QBs.
is a better thrower from the pocket. Excellent escapability when the
pocket collapses around him. He can weave through the D-end and DT, and
make the LB miss on the 2nd level. Nice duck under move when the
edgerusher gets past the ORT. He can duck under him, and scoot behind the
ORT and pick up some yards with his feet.
one throw the OLT actually got his feet into Wentz's, and he
still made the throw over the middle for the 1st.
play action in the I-formation. He sells it well, and then uses nice
footwork to hop up and up as he waits for the WR to break open over the top. He
will throw it a little too deep when the WR breaks over the top. Not the
best deep ball thrower.
He showed everything you want to see a QB do in
one play. He looked off the safety, had perfect footwork in the pocket
from under center. Took a five step drop with a
hitch and threw in rhythm. Then he threw the deep out from the far
hash on a rope. He has the best footwork of any QB in this Draft.
At Senior Bowl:
biggest problem with small school QBs is the speed of the game. Not only
was the speed of the game at the Senior Bowl not too much for him, it was
a little too slow for him sometimes. There where a couple of throws where his
footwork was too fast, and he threw too quickly for the WR to catch. This
is when I really said he is the top QB in the Draft, ahead of Paxton
His base is a little wide sometimes, and he has
some footwork to clean up. They started him off in the Shotgun at the SB.
He ran play action and hit the TE Vannett out of the backfield (:34). He fired
a bullet at the TE Krieger-Coble in the slot to start the second drive
(:40). He takes a one step drop. He hits Payton
outside in the flat with a low rocket (:47). That's is a nice throw.
goes under center. Watch the quick feet. One step drop, pivot, and steps
into the throw. He actually got the ball there too quickly for Miller to
catch. He actually needs to slow that down a little (:51).
step drop with a hitch. Then he steps up and throws outside. Nice footwork
(:56). He threw into tight coverage on a tough throw
outside on an Out. He put it right on the WR's hands outside, and he
dropped it as well. He looked a lot like Garoppolo to start the Shine game
when he had a chance. He is turning and spinning the ball without thinking
and playing on instinct.
step. He drops while watching the safety. He saw the pressure and snapped
back to the outside WR, and fired another rocket. He showed he could sense pressure, and made a nice
throw after he stepped up (1:01).
Three step drop. The rusher turns the corner on the OLT, and dives out and
grabs him as he throws. But he is still able to hit the WR in the hands
(1:07). He got the ball in the two-minute warning to
end the 1st Quarter.
this great throw. He gives play action, looking away from the play. Then he
turns and throws in the face of the free rusher. He hits Miller outside with a sidearm throw because of
the rusher. Goff could never make that throw with the
rusher in his face
(1:22). Then he avoids Noah
Spence, and took off outside
and picked up some yards
the quickness and suddenness in his shoulders as he avoids Spence at the
last second. Then the speed to beat the rusher with position to the
He couldn't throw on 3rd down,
do to pressure from Washington and Spence. So he took off, but
got tackled 3-yards short
They went for it on 4th down. He threw quickly
to Miller, but is was a miscommunication pass
went inside when Wentz threw it outside, or the other way around.
So he started off great,
but he slowed a little to the Two-minute drill. They brought him out with
14-second left to give him a few more shots. This is an NFL throw. Watch
how turns his head to left to look off the Safety. Then turns
right and hits Vannett in the chest
20-yards down the Seam, for a 30-yard catch. He hit him so fast that he was
able to run for 10 more yards.
That is a big time NFL throw (1:54).
He tries to take off as the coverage is good (1:54).
Then he fumbled when he was sacked by Oakman.
Vs Iowa State 2014:
This was the only
FBS school Wentz played in his career. Iowa State 2014. He is already
ahead of Goff. Watch the 3-step drop as he watches the safeties. Then he slings
it outside to his WR (:25). In the shotgun. 3-Step, read, and throw. The
WR didn't make the catch, but the PI was called (:59). He steps up behind
the block of his RB on 3rd down. Which is the money down for QBs. If you
want to win you have to make those throws on 3rd down (1:15). He hits his
tight end with a perfect throw for the 1st. The ball leads him away from
the coverage. So he is able to catch it, turn up field, and fall forward
for more yards.
Great poise in
the pocket with pressure outside. Great ball placement throwing on the
run. Great mobility to step up in the pocket and behind his blocker with his eyes down field.
Notice how he throws it with #94 right next to him. Nice natural athlete
throwing while leaning to his right away from #94. Terrific field vision
on the move (1:24). He was allowed to check plays, and make line calls. Something
Goff never did. I seriously have a problem with people who say Goff is more
ready than Wentz, not that Wentz is particularly NFL ready either (1:47). He stands in with rushers on both sides of him.
Then fires it outside on a Dig, where only his WR could catch it for a 1st
down. That was another clutch throw on 3rd down with all the pressure on
He didn't get his
feet set (2:07). One, two, three. He throws to his third option and gets
killed (2:22). 3rd and 3, he hits his WR on the slant for the 1st, and he
drops it. Wentz hurt his ankle on the big hit (2:41). 3 step. Wait, and throw
outside where only his WR could catch it (3:04). This is an NFL throw
(3:12). Play action. Then he waggles outside and hits the Tight End
crossing for the 1st. That is nice mobility and arm strength to throw into
the tight window, and perfect ball placement.
Nice quick set
up. But took too much time to throw, and terrible ball placement (3:31). He looks off
the Safety, and then throws to his WR crossing. Nice high delivery, and
quick release. Perfect placement (3:54). He extends the ball nicely on the
play action with his back to the defense, which is something Goff never
did. That is an NFL play (4:24). He stands tall in the pocket. Watch how
quickly the ball comes out from decision to release. Than the fast ball into
the chest of the WR with perfect ball placement.
Watch the ball handling
and set up quickness as he turns his back to the defense again, that is
two more times than Goff did at Cal. Then the great touch throw back
against the grain in the face of a rusher, to hit the RB on the center
screen (4:44). He has time, and hits his little Slot guy in the face of
the blitzer, and he knows he is going to get creamed (5:15).
The placement is not good, but you can see that he is already going down
as he throws. That was a great throw.
He fumbles the
ball, picks it up, and throws to his receiver (5:42). Again the play
action with his back to the defense. And he runs outside so smoothly and
naturally, and fires to his WR on the marker (6:05).
He is such a great natural runner with the ball in his hands (6:35).
He just keeps reminding be of Roethlisberger on the field. Runs through
one tackle, and then shrugs off another as he dips out of bounds.
He is simply a
freak athlete. Watch the hurdle over the defender. Name another QB in this
Draft who could do that (7:07). Okay, if you would still take Goff over Wentz
than I have nothing left to say.
Goff Vs Iowa
Wentz's Official Stats:
* 2016 Senior Bowl
* 2015, 2016 NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player
* 2014 College Sporting News Fab 50 All-America
* 2014 College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP
* 2014, 2015 All-MVFC Honorable Mention
* 2015 MVFC Offensive Player of the Week
* 2015 NCAA Elite 90 Award
* 2013, 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award
* 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year
* 2014, 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
* 2014, 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District
* 2014, 2015 MVFC All-Academic First Team
* 2012, 2013 MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award
* 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 MVFC Honor Roll .
CAREER: Two-year team captain for the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I FCS national champions...Went 20-3 as a starter...Missed eight games his senior year with a broken wrist but came back to start the national championship game...First North Dakota native to quarterback the Bison to a national championship...As a first-year starter, rallied the Bison out of a 14-0 deficit in the season-opening win at Iowa State and orchestrated two late game-winning drives in the playoffs...Intelligent player who poses a dual threat to opposing defenses with good speed and a strong arm...Finished third in NDSU history for career passing attempts (612), completions (392), yards (5115), touchdowns (45), completion percentage (.641) and pass efficiency rating (153.9)...Also fifth in NDSU history with 6,143 yards of total offense.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Started the first six games before being sidelined with a broken right wrist...Missed eight games and went 12 weeks without a contest...Started practicing in early December and was cleared to play the week of the national championship game...Went 16 of 29 passing for 197 yards and one touchdown and led NDSU's rushing attack with 79 yards and two TDs in the 37-10 win over Jacksonville State...Sustained the injury in the first half against South Dakota, but completed the game going 16 of 28 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 loss...Passed for 1,454 yards and 16 touchdowns in the first six games...Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading NDSU on a 10-play, 79-yard game-winning drive in less than two minutes to beat Northern Iowa...The Bison won 31-28 on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd with 35 seconds left...Connected with 11 different receivers against UNI going 26 of 40 (both career highs) for 335 yards, the fifth most passing yards in NDSU single-game history...Set a school record with 143 passing attempts without an interception from the 2014 semifinal game against Sam Houston State to the UNI game...His nine touchdown passes were the best three-game start to a season for a Bison quarterback in school history...Named to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year watch list and College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year watch list...Also named to the College Sporting News Preseason Fab 50 FCS All-America Team.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started all 16 games at quarterback...Set NDSU single-season records for passing attempts, completions, yards, and total offense per game...Completed 228 of 358 passes for 3,111 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions...NDSU's second-leading rusher with 138 carries for 642 yards and six TDs while averaging 4.7 yards per carry...His 642 rushing yards were the most by a Bison QB since the veer-option offense of 1996...Rushed for 100 yards vs. South Dakota State and 120 vs. Youngstown State...Went 18 of 28 for 204 yards in his first start to beat Iowa State 34-14...Completed his first four passes at Iowa State to extend a streak of 10 consecutive completions including his last four appearances of the 2013 season...Career-high 247 passing yards and school-record five TDs in the win at Missouri State...Caught the game-tying 16-yard touchdown pass from running back John Crockett in a 17-10 comeback win at Western Illinois...Marched the Bison 76 yards in eight plays and 2:18 to beat South Dakota State in the FCS second round capped by a 12-yard pass to RJ Urzendowski...Scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run to lift the Bison past Illinois State 29-27 with 37 seconds left in the FCS title game...Connected with Urzendowski on passes of 32, 13 and 33 yards to highlight that six-play, 78-yard drive that took just 1:01 off the clock...Named Most Outstanding Player of the title game...MVFC All-Academic first team and Capital One Academic All-America first team...NCAA Elite 89 award winner for the highest GPA at the national championship game...Named to the MVFC Honor Roll.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 11 games as the second-string quarterback…Completed 22 of 30 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown…Ran 10 times for 70 yards…Went 10 of 13 passing for 105 yards and a TD against Delaware State…Also carried four times for 44 yards against the Hornets…MVFC Honor Roll and Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award…NCAA Elite 89 award winner for the highest GPA at the national championship game.
2012 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Played in eight games...Completed 12 of 16 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns...Completed 8 of 8 passes for 93 yards and one TD vs. Prairie View A&M (9-22-12)...Rushed five times for 22 yards and one TD...MVFC Honor Roll and Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
2011 SEASON (REDSHIRT): Sat out season as redshirt in the Bison program...Named to the MVFC Honor Roll.
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