Good morning, Browns fans. While the NFL Draft may be a little ways out, it's never too early to get started brushing up on some of this year's biggest draft stars. Last season I ran a 6-pack Q&A series with the SB Nation affiliate blogs on certain players the Browns will, or should be targeting, and this year I'll be doing the same. Same as last year, if you'd like a particular player profiled, let us know in the comments and I'll see what I can come up with. My spreadsheet is pretty long this year, so we're going to get started early.
To kick things off I figured it'd be only fitting to start with a quarterback. And, with Carson Wentz and Jared Goff dominating the headlines this week, it seemed like perfect timing to lead with North Dakota State University's own, Carson Wentz. Many thanks to Dan Kadar for running through these. Make sure you're checking out Mocking the Draft, and giving them a follow, @MockingTheDraft.
1. He's had great success on the FCS-level, how do you expect him to transition to the NFL?
The transition for Wentz is likely to be difficult at first, as you'd expect from any quarterback making that leap. But his ceiling is probably higher than just about every quarterback in this year's draft.
2. Does he have an arm big enough to make all the NFL throws?
Wentz most certainly has the arm for the NFL. At this point it's his biggest strength as a quarterback prospect. Wentz really excels at throwing deep outs toward the sideline, which is a challenging pass. He's as good or better at that than the other top quarterback prospects, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch.
3. Viewed as athletic enough to evade rushers, but he's not a scrambling/running QB, correct?
That is correct. He's a Ben Roethlisberger-style mover in and out of the pocket. He's a little lumbering, but still athletic. And at his size, he can be hard to take down.
4. I've seen comparisons anywhere from Joe Flacco, to Ben Roethlisberger. Who do you think he best compares to?
This is a tough one to answer. Wentz has a powerful arm, but it doesn't look quite as strong as Flacco's. He has that size/athleticism combination like Roethlisberger, but he's not as big at this point. It's fair to say he's a combination of the two, which is a scary proposition.
5. If the Browns drafted Wentz, would he need a 'redshirt' season his first season?
Any team that drafts Wentz would be smart to bring him along slowly, if possible. It's not just the jump in competition that will be a challenge. He'll be a running a much more complex offense as well. For the Browns, though, they have the perfect bridge quarterback with Josh McCown. I say that as much from an attitude standpoint as much as anything. McCown knows his role as either a backup, a bridge or a starter. That's a good thing for Cleveland.
6. In your opinion, who will be the better NFL QB, Wentz, or Jared Goff?
I'm going with Goff. Wentz can be very good, but who knows exactly how fast that will be? With Goff you get a little bit safer of a pick with more pro-readiness. For a team like the Browns, that's really valuable.
Again, many thanks to Dan for taking time to answer these. We'll have plenty more in the coming weeks from various SB Nation college blogs, but as I mentioned, if there's anyone in particular you're interested in, just let us know in the comments! Cheers,