Former NDSU QB Carson Wentz is projected to be picked early in the 2016 NFL draft and his name alone already carries a lot of value.

According to a press release from Panini America, the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NFL, Carson Wentz's trading card is projected to be valued the highest out of all of the 2016 NFL rookies.

High expectations for the future NFL quarterback was a contributing factor in the ranking. At this stage it is too early to tell what the card will eventually be worth as Wentz has yet to throw a pass at the professional level. However according to the press release rookie trading cards for standout quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady that were signed sold for between $6,000 and $8,000.

Carson Wentz issued a statement to Panini America after receiving the news:

Wow, it is pretty incredible to see my name at the top of Panini's new trading card Index before I have even joined an NFL team. I really appreciate the fans and collectors who are showing support and faith in my abilities to perform as an NFL player. I look forward to working with Panini to create more trading cards and to earn my place on this list.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place on April 28 through April 30 and will be broadcast on ESPN and the NFL Network.

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