As the Senior Bowl draws closer, the buzz around North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz just keeps growing, and no one has a better view of the small school darling than the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.
Wentz is working with Jason Garrett and co., who are coaching the North team this week in Mobile, AL.
"With Carson Wentz, most of the scouts I talked to during the year probably thought he was worthy of second-round consideration,” Senior Bowl director Phil Savage told NFL.com. “But a second-round grade in September is a high grade for a small school. As the fall progressed, then it became, 'Well, no he's more of a first-rounder.’ And within the last two weeks, I had two phone calls from (NFL personnel) friends of mine saying that Wentz isn't just a first-rounder, he's going in the 10, so there's a real buzz about him."
1310-AM The Ticket’s Bob Sturm believes there’s a very real chance that the Cowboys will consider Wentz with their No. 4 overall pick, as he explained in a recent appearance on the SportsDay DFW “Ballzy” podcast.
"Absolutely I think it's possible. It's very early. That’s another thing we should define. It's not early in that he won't play any more college games. All of his college football games have been completed, so from that standpoint we do have a body of work. Now comes the second element where he has to pass all of the close-up exams from such things as the Senior Bowl, the combine, the medicals, the pro day and all of that, including personality tests, which are heavily valued for the quarterback position, these personal interviews I mean. ...
“Is Wentz the type of guy who looks like a big-time quarterback prospect, who should be considered as a first-round pick, maybe even a high first-round pick? From watching his games I absolutely believe that."