Philadelphia Eagles Take Carson Wentz Second Overall in NFL Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles used the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to select their quarterback of the future: North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.
Wentz becomes the highest draft pick ever to come out of the FCS, replacing Steve McNair, who was drafted third overall out of Alcorn State back in 1995.
Born in Bismarck, Wentz's rise to football prominence began at Bismarck's Century High School, before making the move to North Dakota State in 2011.
After serving as Brock Jensen's backup for a handful of seasons, Wentz took over the Bison during the 2014-15 season and led the team to their fourth straight FCS championship. He would do the same the following year, leading the 2015-16 Bison to their fifth straight championship. Wentz was named the Most Outstanding Player of both championship games.
Wentz's stock continued to rise following his senior season, ultimately putting him atop the list of quarterback prospects in this year's NFL Draft, alongside Cal's Jared Goff.
When the Los Angeles Rams traded up to get the number one overall pick, it was assumed that they would take either Wentz or Goff. The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the second overall pick just a few days later, leading most to believe that, no matter what, Wentz would go either first or second overall.
When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Rams had selected Goff with the first overall pick, it was only a matter of time until Wentz heard his name called. You could sense the excitement in Bismarck and throughout the state as Commissioner Goodell announced Wentz's name and his new home: the 'City of Brotherly Love.'
Wentz is expected to begin his NFL career in a backup position, behind either Sam Bradford or Chase Daniel. The Eagles have both quarterbacks under contract, but Bradford has demanded a trade since the Eagles traded up to get Wentz. It remains to be seen whether or not Bradford will return to Philly next season.
Wentz will travel to Philadelphia Thursday night and appear at a press conference Friday morning, April 29th.