2016 NFL Mock Draft: February edition
13th Pick – Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)
Carson Wentz – QB
North Dakota State – Senior
6-5, 233 Pounds
The Eagles have enough pieces in place where they don’t need to rush or anything into signing Sam Bradford long-term. I was one guy who said that the trade was beneficial for the Eagles to trade Nick Foles for Bradford, but the Eagles now have the flexibility to let Bradford walk. No offense to Bradford, but he doesn’t seem like the future of the organization, and now it seems like an awkward fit. That’s why there will be plenty of options available for the Eagles, and they should let the quarterback come to them.
When you have the type of talent that the Eagles have on the offensive line (Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce), a guy like Carson Wentz immediately becomes a success. Carson has all the tools to become successful, he’s got size, arm strength, Wentz can put the ball where it needs to be, and he plays with a great intensity. Does he start day one? That’s why Mark Sanchez (or a short-term contract for Sam Bradford) makes sense, being able to allow Wentz to adjust to an NFL playbook.
The Eagles are closer then you think, with a few moves on the defensive side of the ball, I could see them being a contender this year. It’s not like they don’t have the talent, if a youngster like Nelson Agholor or Zach Ertz can have a pro-bowl year, then the Eagles becomes the cream of the crop for the NFC East. A few people would say that the Eagles need to spend some money to replace Byron Maxwell, let’s squash that really quick, I’d say give him at least another off-season. Carson Wentz is a leader, why not give him the reigns.
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