North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz has a chance to be the first quarterback off the board in this year’s draft, perhaps the first player taken overall if someone likes him enough to trade with the Titans to ensure they are able to select him.
That’s something that will play out over the next couple of months as teams dig deeper into Wentz, Jared Goff and the other options at the position. One of the questions Wentz will face is about making the transition from the second tier of college football to the NFL, something that he’s confident he can do.
“It’s just football. Everything that comes with the game, I think I will handle it extremely easily,” Wentz said to Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “I don’t let a lot of that outside stuff bother me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about the jump in competition. Even at North Dakota State, football is a big deal. Now I understand it is going to be ramped up times five. But I’ve never let outside anything distract me or make me press to do better or make me get down in the dumps because they are saying something that really bothers me. I stay focused on what I can control and just be the best I can be.”
As Wentz pointed out last week, Joe Flacco and others have made the leap successfully and it appears others agree with him as King reports that he heard from teams in Indianapolis that Wentz is “leading in the race” to be the top quarterback in this year’s class.