As 49ers.com runs down the list of top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft, we continue our "Meet the Prospect" series with North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.First Glance
Many draft experts predict that Wentz will be off the board by the time the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock with the seventh overall pick. Those analysts suggest that the signal-caller will go second to the Cleveland Browns. Wentz' college resume is about as impressive as they come. The quarterback won an FCS National Championship all four years at North Dakota State, including three as the Bisons starter. A wrist injury cost Wentz eight games in 2015, but he still finished with 325.5 passing yards per game and 17 touchdowns to just four interceptions.
As a clear-cut top quarterback prospect in his draft class, he's a part of one of the biggest draft day questions. Who gets selected first: Wentz or Cal's Jared Goff?
In addition to his skills as a quarterback, Wentz has also shown prowess in the classroom. The top prospect owns a 4.0 GPA.Measurables
Arm length: 33 1/4 inches
Hand Size: 10 inchesNFL.com Pro Comparison
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake BortlesBest College Game
In the national title game in 2014 against Illinois State, Wentz completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 237 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The quarterback also added 87 rushing yards and another score. Wentz was named Most Outstanding Player of the Game.Combine Statistics
40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 118 inches
3 cone drill: 6.86 secondsMock Draft Connections
ESPN's Todd McShay – No. 2 overall (Cleveland Browns)
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah – No. 2 overall pick (Browns)
NFL Media's Charles Davis – No. 7 overall pick (San Francisco 49ers)What the Media is Saying…
"Looks the part with a tall, workable frame. Good arm strength to deliver downfield with above average velocity, using his body rhythm and touch to accurately control the placement. Tight release, especially for a player with his long arms. Shifts his weight well in the pocket to work through the noise and keep his hand on the trigger, maneuvering under duress with improved footwork." – CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler
"Wentz has taken full advantage of the postseason process, first shining at the Senior Bowl, then performing well during on-field drills and off-field interviews at the combine. I have yet to hear a negative word about Wentz's mental makeup, and he also grades out high in another extremely important area of QB evaluation: accuracy. He shows quick feet in his drops and throws the ball with excellent timing and placement." – ESPN’s Todd McShayFun Fact
Playing at NDSU is somewhat of a family affair. Carson's cousin, Luke, played tight end with him on the football team from 2012-15. His brother, Zach, was a four-year starting pitcher and infielder on the Bisons baseball team.Must-see Video
NDSU's athletic department put together a documentary-style piece called "The Road" about their 2015 season through the eyes of Wentz.