Bold Prediction: Carson Wentz Is On His Way To Becoming NFL’s Next Elite QB

If you look around the NFL you’ll notice that the elite quarterbacks of yesteryear are starting to be phased out by the newer generation of guys under center.

Tom Brady is looking to accomplish what no QB at the age of 40 has done, finishing a 16 game NFL season without getting hurt. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t seen a decline yet but at age 33 he should start to move a little slower in the next 2-3 years.

Matt Ryan at age 32 is in the same boat as Rodgers and Drew Brees at age 38 and may be looking at retirement communities after this season.

The Herd’s Colin Cowherd made a prediction a couple weeks ago saying that the Eagles Carson Wentz will be the biggest star at the QB position. He makes some valid points during the argument, but saying Wentz will command the spot light off the field is false.

Take a look at the top QBs drafted in the last two years: Marcus Mariota, Jamis Winston, Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, and Wentz. All have had at least 1-2 years of NFL experience under their belt.

Some might say that Prescott is the best of the bunch after his historic rookie season in 2016. The only problem was there were so many weapons around him that it was almost difficult NOT to succeed. The real test will be in 2017 if he can manage to repeat that success without an elite running back like Ezekiel Elliot to balance the pass game.

This is not saying Prescott is a bad player in the slightest, but you can’t call him elite just yet. Elite QBs in the NFL can make up for a lack of talent around them like Brady has done with New England when he lost key players due to injury last season and still won the Super Bowl.

Wentz was forced into that situation last year when he was challenged with an inconsistent run game and incompetent receivers who dropped a league-leading 42 passes last season.

Their stats may have been even closer than they already are if Wentz had a true No.1 receiver like Prescott had in Dez Bryant.

In 2016 Wentz threw for 3,782 yards with a completion percentage of 62.4 percent, 16 TDs, 14 interceptions, and a QB rating of 79.3. Prescott threw for 3,667 yards with a completion percentage of 67.8 percent, 23 TDs, 4 interceptions, and a QBR of 104.9.

Last season two things were glaring about Wentz’s game: he had a tendency to throw behind his WRs and he did not know how to scramble well enough to extend plays.

This offseason he went to the same QB coach as Tom Brady to fix fundamental issues like his posture and footwork in the pocket. These tweaks to his game have shown in the preseason as there is a noticeable zip on his ball and he is eluding pressure in the pocket much better than before.

So Cowherd is right that Wentz is smart, that he’s a gamer, and that he has the moxie to be an elite QB in the NFL. Off the field is a whole different story.

Wentz is a small-town North Dakota kid who loves hunting and is very religious. So it’s doubtful that Wentz will want to be known as a party-boy or be seen walking down the street with a different super model every day like Derek Jeter used to do.

But this low-key presence is what makes Wentz so unique and a gold-mine pick for the Eagles who took him No.2 overall in the 2016 draft. To find guys who are level headed while being the franchise QB are rare in the NFL…just look at the Browns over the last 20 years.

This 2017 season will be a serious test for Wentz now that he has top-level talent surrounding him. The Eagles made it a priority this offseason to give him weapons like Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith as his top WRs. And then signed LeGarrette Blount who led the league in rushing TDs last season – 16 of his 18 TDs came in the redzone.

A new era of NFL QBs are about to take charge in the next couple season and Carson Wentz is poised to lead the pack.