North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz may have solidified himself as the next Cleveland Browns franchise quarterback at the NFL Combine on Saturday, as he was the best quarterback on the field in Indianapolis, according to NFL Network analyst and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner. The former Rams and Cardinals quarterback wasn't the only one impressed with Wentz Saturday, as the Browns believe he is an "absolute stud," according to Charlie Campbell of Walter Football.
Both California quarterback Jared Goff and Wentz had strong performances at the NFL Combine, but Goff's interview with the Browns was reportedly poor, as he was nervous. Despite the poor interview some believe the California quarterback narrowed the cap on Wentz, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Goff was the most NFL ready quarterback in the draft.
While Goff may have been the most NFL ready out of the group on Saturday, Mayock didn't lack praise for the North Dakota State quarterback either. "Wentz ripped it today; he had a real nice day," said Mayock, via NFL Network. "The more I hear from teams about him, the more I'm convinced he is a top-10 pick."
The Browns are expected to selected a quarterback with the second pick in the draft, and unless the Titans trade down they will have their pick of either Wentz or Goff. The Browns haven't come to a decision at this point, but the fact that Wentz checked all the right boxes with his stature and performance in the Combine has likely only elevated him on their draft board.
Some draft analyst believe that Wentz will need some time before he is ready to step behind center in the NFL, and it could be a strong fit for him to land in Cleveland with their new head coach Hue Jackson, as he has been known to help develop quarterbacks. While Wentz may have slightly edged out Goff at the Combine Saturday, it's likely the difference in interviews that separates these two, as Cleveland is looking for a leader, something their quarterback position has been lacking.