The NFL draft is months away and that means there is plenty of time for teams around the league to evaluate quarterbacks like Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff.
One of the biggest steps in the evaluation process for some prospects is the Senior Bowl, which has practices starting this week. Wentz is one of the prospects that will be taking part in the game and some NFL scouts have already started to talk up the North Dakota State quarterback. According to NFL.com, Senior Bowl director Phil Savage said that Wentz is generating "buzz" at the event and that he could potentially be a top 10 pick.
Savage said that two NFL personnel connections spoke with him about the quarterback and said that "Wentz isn't just a first-rounder, he's going in the 10." Wentz is from an FCS school and he put up strong numbers during his time at North Dakota State, throwing for 45 touchdowns and over 5000 yards. Wentz has the size to play quarterback in the NFL at 6-6 and 235 pounds and now he will be evaluated by scouts from a number of teams over the Senior Bowl week of practices.
There are a number of teams in the top 10 that potentially could go after a quarterback, including the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins. The Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams also could be potential spots for Wentz to end up. Wentz is considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft and some scouts see him as potentially the best of the group.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld has Wentz ranked as the top quarterback at the Senior Bowl, while Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network has him going number four overall to the Cowboys. Jeremiah cited the fact that the Cowboys are coaching Wentz's team at the Senior Bowl and that he thinks "they'll fall in love with him." Mel Kiper has Wentz going at number 22 to the Houston Texans in his first mock draft, writing that Wentz "could be in the top-10 mix after the Senior Bowl and combine."
Jared Goff is considered to be a likely pick for the Cleveland Browns in the draft and if that happens, Wentz or Paxton Lynch could be the next quarterbacks off the board. The Cowboys may consider taking a quarterback to develop behind Tony Romo at number four overall, while the 49ers could look at adding some competition for Colin Kaepernick at seven. Adam Gase is taking over in Miami and while Ryan Tannehill will remain the starter, Gase could bring in a quarterback to develop as his own.
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