QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
College Career: Not only did Wentz end up at an FCS school, but he didn’t even start at North Dakota State until his junior year. He immediately put up impressive numbers, however, throwing for 3,111 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2014. Wentz was limited to just eight games in 2015 after suffering a broken wrist, but still threw for 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Was 20-3 as the Bison’s starter and was a part of five national championship teams.
Strengths: Despite playing against lesser competition, Wentz is probably the most pro-ready QB because he played in a pro-style offense at NDSU. He has great size and strength and is still very mobile despite being a bigger quarterback. He can make all the throws and reads opposing defenses very well. Doesn’t get rattled and is considered a very strong leader. A winner.
Weaknesses: Will be facing a big jump in competition from the FCS level. Only has 1.5 years of college tape so NFL teams will be putting a lot of trust in a limited sample size against worse competition.
Bears Outlook: I’ve been high on Wentz since I first saw him play in 2014. He is a legitimate NFL quarterback and quieted the FCS concerns by performing very well at the Senior Bowl where he faced a significant upgrade in competition. The problem is, that performance probably put him out of reach for the Bears. Wentz is likely to go either No. 1 or No. 2 to the Rams or Eagles.