You’d think it might be difficult for the No. 2 overall pick in a given draft class to be underappreciated, but that’s exactly the case with Carson Wentz sometimes. I swear there are some people who sleep on him way too much.
Take Pro Football Focus, for example. PFF put together a list of the NFL’s 32 best foundation players based on a live draft they held. Wentz was not selected.
Look, we all know that Wentz wasn’t perfect in his rookie season. He threw 16 touchdowns to 14 interceptions and had a 79.3 passer rating. He’s not a lock to be a great quarterback. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism when it comes to his future. And one would think he belongs in the conversation as one of the league’s top building blocks.
That’s not the case on PFF’s list. They have 17 quarterbacks over him. Dak Prescott is one of them — he ranks fifth overall. Patrick Mahomes, who has yet to play a game in the NFL, is 13th. Then there are two quarterbacks who are still in college on this list!
Things get even stranger when you realize there’s actually a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on this list not named Wentz. And it’s not Fletcher Cox. It’s Brandon Graham.
Why him? After a QB, arguably the next most impactful position on the field is a pass-rusher. Graham may never rack up a high sack total, but his consistent pressure is nearly unmatched. Graham is in the prime of his career coming off his best season yet, accumulating 75 total pressures from the defense’s left side in 400 pass-rush snaps for a 14.4 pass-rushing productivity — the most pressures from the left among all edge rushers. There is incredible value to beating up on the subpar right tackles in the NFL today and effecting the QB even if it isn’t necessarily a sack.
I love Brandon Graham. He’s one of my favorite players on the team. But really, taking him over Wentz? He turned 29 this offseason!
I realize PFF’s list doesn’t actually matter or anything but come on. The lack of respect for Wentz is crazy sometimes. At least SB Nation showed him a little more love in their “What if every NFL quarterback was available in a draft?” post. They have him as the 12th overall quarterback in that activity.
12. Miami Dolphins — Carson Wentz
After bursting out of the gates as a rookie, Wentz came back down to Earth in the latter half of the season. There are a lot of kinks to work out with Wentz, but that’s supposed to be Adam Gase’s specialty.
SB Nation also has the Eagles taking Philly native Matt Ryan two spots higher at No. 10.
There’s always a chance Wentz doesn’t turn out to be as good as the Eagles think and hope he’s going to be. He’s not flawless. His accuracy needs to improve, for example. And maybe it never does. Maybe he turns into the next Blake Bortles and his critics are justified.
... if that doesn’t happen, and Wentz actually turns out to be really good, well, Eagles fans will never let his critics hear the end of it. If we can have a #RetweetArmageddon for all the bad Sixers takes, we will certainly have some kind of activity to point out all the Wentz doubters.