Last year, Carson Wentz finished 25th on ESPN’s “Top 25 NFL players under age 25” list. This year, to little surprise, he’s No. 1 overall.
Why should you care about this list? Well, that’s up to you, but do know that the ranking is formulated on the opinions of actual NFL talent evaluators. It’s interesting to get an inside perspective.
Here’s what was said about the 24-year-old Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.
Wentz leads the NFL in touchdown passes (24) while ranking fourth in Total QBR (70.5) for an 8-1 team. He leads the league on third-down touchdown passes (10), yards per attempt (9.3), passer rating (125.1) and QBR (91.0). It's not just what Wentz is doing. It's how he is doing it.
"There is an intangible thing I love about Wentz," an evaluator said. "It is just a level of toughness that he plays with. He is not sliding or going down. He might lower his shoulder and try to bull you over in the end zone. There is something about that and putting a team on his back that I love. It does not bode well for longevity, but guys love playing for that."
The executive is clearly referring to that play in the Eagles-Panthers game when Wentz tried to run over a defender near the goal line. Wentz didn’t score on the play, but it was a true testament to his toughness and will to win.
Wentz being No. 1 is a pretty obvious pick. Who else could it be? He’s the NFL MVP so far this year, and it’s only his second season. Wentz has been spectacular.
Wentz is one of just four quarterbacks who finished inside of the top 25. The others include: Dak Prescott at No. 9, Deshaun Watson at No. 19, and Jared Goff at No. 20. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston didn’t make the cut. Neither did any other Eagles player.
Wentz turns 25 years old next month on December 30, so his time on this list is limited. For now, he’s clearly the best. And that’s a great thing for the Eagles.