The 2016 NFL Draft is less than one week away. The Philadelphia Eagles made a bold move to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick. It's known the Birds will take a quarterback. If it wasn't already obvious, Howie Roseman also officially confirmed it. But which passer will the Eagles end up with? Signs point to Carson Wentz being the guy, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Let's take a look at which player the experts are projecting to Philadelphia.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
I really think Jared Goff if the Rams' guy. It's been reported that Los Angeles likes him the most. The Eagles reportedly believe Goff will go No. 1. The Cleveland Browns reportedly liked Goff a lot, and they likely realized he wouldn't be at No. 2, which is why they were willing to move down. Goff gives the Rams a guy who can starter right way. Wentz, meanwhile, could benefit from sitting on the bench to start his career. He'll have that luxury in Philadelphia.
ESPN (Todd McShay) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles traded up from No. 8 to No. 2 with the goal of getting whichever quarterback Los Angeles passes on. All signs point to that being Wentz. Big, strong and athletic, he'll face a steep learning curve coming from the FCS, but he has a high ceiling if developed properly. Pairing him with QB guru Doug Pederson would be a great fit.
ESPN (Mel Kiper and Todd McShay) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Perfect fit here. Assuming Philly doesn't trade Sam Bradford, Wentz will get time to make his transition from FCS to the NFL while learning under QB guru Doug Pederson.
Draft Breakdown (Emanuele Addondi) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles are thinking about the future and two years from now -- this guy has all the tools to be a very good starting QB in the NFL.
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Once in the mix for a trade up to No. 1, the Eagles still get their guy one spot lower.
NFL.com (Charles Davis) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal
After trading up to No. 2, the Eagles will have a chance to land a QB that they hope will be their long-term answer at the position.
NFL.com (Charley Casserly) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Reminds me of Joe Flacco, but more athletic.
NFL.com (Chad Reuter) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Even before the big trade was finalized, I had this pick pegged for Wentz via Philadelphia or San Francisco. He reminds me of a more athletic version of Matt Ryan, certainly worth a No. 2 overall pick for a team looking for a promising young "face of the franchise".
NFL.com (Curtis Conway) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Showing the mental toughness to help a moribund Bears squad steadily improve from 1-11 in his freshman season to 8-5 and a bowl win during his record-breaking junior campaign, Goff is perhaps better suited than most for the challenges of turning around a franchise. His awareness, pocket mobility and accuracy are a perfect fit in coach Doug Pederson's offense.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles have mortgaged the future on Wentz. It's a bold move that could pay off, but only time will tell. It's a great situation for Wentz because he can sit and learn and won't be forced to start from Day One with Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel on the roster.
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles make a second move up to get a quarterback. If they made this move, it would be a wise one.
CBS Sports (Will Brinson) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
In a wild turn of events, No. 1 and No. 2 are locked in at this point. The Eagles believe they have their long-term quarterback and were willing to pay for it.
CBS Sports (Jared Dubin) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles land their man. Wentz has the luxury of being able to sit for a year or two behind Sam Bradford and/or Chase Daniel. Not that those particular guys have much to teach him, but he does need some time before he's ready.
Pro Football Focus (Cris Collinsworth) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles are in the opposite situation with Wentz as the Rams are with Goff. Wentz has the size to hold up well in the weather conditions of the NFC East, along with incredible potential and upside that may take a few years to develop, but that’s not as big an issue for Philadelphia with Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel there. (Although I can’t possibly imagine that all three of those guys are still going to be there by opening day). I don’t think Wentz has quite the run skills of Cam Newton, but he wont be far behind, as he is a big powerful guy who will be as productive of a runner as he wants to be and as the team lets him be. That rushing ability will serve him well as he develops as a quarterback.
Pro Football Focus - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Drafttek (Broz) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Well, Eagles fans, we're almost at the finish line of this whirlwind draft season. The long-speculated trade to the top finally materialized, and now Philadelphia will select its first rookie franchise QB since 1999. Before fretting too much about what the Eagles gave up to get to #2, keep in mind what one Philly writer pointed out today. He took the 1999 draft, and determined the players the Eagles would have missed out on drafting, if they would have had to make an identical trade to get to #2 (instead of owning it outright). The players are as follows: Doug Brzezinski, John Welbourne, Corey Simon, and Quinton Caver...two good players, two duds, no franchise-changers. In hindsight, we still would have traded for McNabb, even if it meant missing out on those players. All indications are that Carson Wentz will be the face of the franchise mere days from now. Regardless of how his career pans out, this calculated risk the Eagles took to secure an elite prospect at the most important position in sports, was the right choice to make. Fortune favors the bold, so go buy your Midnight Green Carson Wentz jerseys today!
Chicago Tribune (Brad Biggs) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Maybe they can trade Sam Bradford (and his contract with $22 million guaranteed) to the Jets because they also guaranteed Chase Daniel $12 million.
QB Carson Wentz - 16
QB Jared Goff - 2
QB - 18
Offense - 18
Defense - 0
Not a lot to say here. Wentz is nearly the consensus pick. It's also possible people are wrong and Goff makes it to No. 2, but for now it seems like Wentz is the guy the Eagles will get.