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Five Fun Facts About Eagles 2016 First Round Draft Pick Carson Wentz

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 30, 2016

Carson Wentz comes to the NFL out of North Dakota State. This isn’t usually thought of as an NFL hot bed of talent but the talent in this young quarterback is hard to ignore. The Eagles traded a lot away to be able to get up to the second overall pick and get him too. Here is a look at five fun facts about this upcoming quarterback.

North Dakota State’s NFL Draft History

North Dakota State had 35 players selected in the NFL Draft prior to the Eagles picking Carson Wentz. He was the first quarterback to come out of the school though and go on to be picked in the draft.

Carson Wentz, the Backup Quarterback

Prior to being named the starting quarterback at the beginning of his junior season, Carson Wentz was the backup QB for the North Dakota State Bison for two seasons. The starter in front of him was Brock Jensen. Jensen was undrafted when he came out of college, eventually signing with the Dolphins and later playing with Ottawa of the Canadian Football League.

Carson Wentz’s First TD Pass

Carson Wentz’s first college football touchdown pass came against Prairie View A&M as a freshman in 2012 when he came on late in a blowout win.

First Round Quarterbacks Drafted By The Philadelphia Eagles

Prior to taking Carson Wentz in the NFL Draft, the Eagles had only selected four quarterbacks in the opening round in their history. Those four were Davey O’Brien in 1939, Frank Tripucka in 1949, John Reaves in 1972, and Donovan McNabb in 1999. Like Wentz, McNabb was taken with the second overall pick.

Carson Wentz At The NFL Combine

At the NFL Combine held before the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz ran a 4.77 second 40 yard dash, had a 30.5 inch vertical leap, and a 9 foot 10 inch broad jump.

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