Eagles draft QB Wentz No. 2 Overall in 2016 Draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP/WTXF) -- From Fargo to Philly, Carson Wentz is the latest quarterback the Eagles hope will deliver the franchise's first Super Bowl.

The Eagles selected the North Dakota State quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night after trading up twice to get the pick from Cleveland.

A potential franchise quarterback was Philadelphia's goal when it moved from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 to get in position to select Jared Goff or Wentz despite signing Sam Bradford to a $36 million, two-year contract in March.

The 6-foot-5 Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury. Wentz only started his final two seasons and didn't face big-time competition.

Bradford did not report for voluntary workouts this week and agent Tom Condon has requested a trade. Bradford's contract includes $22 million guaranteed. The Eagles also signed Chase Daniel to a $21 million, three-year deal to be the backup. Daniel's deal includes $12 million guaranteed.

If Philadelphia trades Bradford, another team would only pay him $7 million this season. The Eagles would incur an $11 million salary-cap hit for Bradford's signing bonus.

Wentz is the first quarterback from North Dakota State selected in the draft. He's the first quarterback chosen by the Eagles in the first round since 1999, when Andy Reid took Donovan McNabb at No. 2 overall. McNabb led Philadelphia to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.

Getting there won't be good enough for Wentz. The Eagles haven't won an NFL title since 1960 and their fans are starved for a championship.

The Eagles paid a steep price for Wentz, giving Cleveland the eighth overall pick, a third-round pick (No. 77), a fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018 for the second pick and a fourth-rounder in 2017. They moved up to eighth by trading the 13th pick, cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to Miami.
 

FOX 29's Sean Bell reacted to the news:

“He reminds me of Brett Favre.” That’s what Doug Pederson said about Carson Wentz. Wow, slow down coach. Let him play a game in the NFL first. Still, Wentz says all the right things and can thrive in the right situation. Welcome to Philadelphia Carson Wentz. We are begging for greatness."

 


 

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