Featured on the cover of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated is none other than the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and your new Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback: Carson Wentz. Behold:
This week's cover (2/3): Carson Wentz goes from Fargo to Philly as the No. 2 pick https://t.co/Emiq7eKKM2 pic.twitter.com/HTaDYPDXfU— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 3, 2016
This Wentz cover is actually one of three covers Sports Illustrated is using. The other two covers feature the other two quarterbacks drafted in the first round ... Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams and Paxton Lynch of the Denver Broncos. Here's a clip from the SI.com article:
If Goff is the Natural, as Tollner refers to him, Wentz is the Prototype. At 6' 5", 237, he’s got 20 pounds on Goff, as strong an arm and more foot speed. The pride of Bismarck, N.D., has spent far more time than Goff under center, running coach Chris Klieman’s pro-style offense at North Dakota State. Wentz’s game tape overflows with Wow! throws. Sure, scouts would’ve liked to see him completing those passes against, say, Alabama, rather than Weber State and Western Illinois. But at a certain point a throw speaks for itself.
Wentz secured legendary status in North Dakota in January when he led the Bison to their fifth straight FCS championship, 11 weeks after having surgery on his broken right wrist. He could’ve bailed on the team to be fully healed in time for the NFL combine. Instead, his loyalty and grit sparked a dramatic rise in his stock, which continued to soar at the Senior Bowl. Says Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ executive VP of football ops, "I was struck by the presence he had, the leadership he showed in a setting with all sorts of guys from bigger schools."
Welcome to Wentzadelphia.