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Gruden Endores Wentz as Can't-Miss Franchise Quarterback

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    AMES, IA - AUGUST 30: quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the North Dakota State Bison scrambles under pressure from linebacker Jevohn Miller #55 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Dakota State defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

    Jon Gruden thinks the Cowboys would be foolish to pass up Carson Wentz in the draft. Or, for that matter, any other team.

    The former head coach and current ESPN analyst kicked off his annual “QB Camp” series this week with a sitdown with the North Dakota State quarterback. As Gruden has done over the years with everyone from Cam Newton to Johnny Manziel, he sat with Wentz and dissected film, joked and talked football and life.

    Bottom line?

    “I think he’s the most NFL-ready quarterback that we’ve had in the last couple of years,” Gruden said.

    Gruden’s an arrogant blowhard, granted. But I also think he’s a hard worker. He does his homework and his opinions are usually based in research and knowledge rather than merely a gut feeling.

    That said, I hope the Cowboys don’t put too much stock into Gruden’s pronouncement and decide to draft their possible quarterback of the future with the No. 4 overall pick.

    With Manziel officially banished from Cleveland, the Browns need a quarterback with the No. 2 pick. If they pass on Wentz, however, the Cowboys might be tempted. Dallas’ coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones was impressed by him at the Senior Bowl.

    If Gruden’s right, the Cowboys might regret passing on him. But that wouldn’t hit home until Tony Romo retires in maybe three more years.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.