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Small School QB’s drafted in the 1st round making it to the Super Bowl have GREAT ODDS


Mike Mayock has North Dakota State University quarterback Carson Wentz as his top prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft
Carson Wentz has a good shot at leading the Eagles to the playoffs and further

The Philadelphia Eagles gave up quite a bit to trade up and land North Dakota State University quarterback Carson Wentz, but they are playing the odds.  There are some very good odds around the NFL when you look at small school quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Since 1979 five quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round who did not play in the FBS. Those players were Phil Simms (Morehead State), Ken O’Brien (UC Davis), Steve McNair (Alcorn State), Joe Flacco (Delaware) and Carson Wentz (NDSU).

Of those players drafted only four have played so far.  Out of the four that have played 3 of them have made it to the Super Bowl.  Steve McNair led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl after the Music City Miracle in 1999.  Joe Flacco not only won the Super Bowl in 2012, he was named Super Bowl MVP, and Phil Simms won 2 Super Bowls and was named MVP of one of them. 

carsonKen O’Brien was the only one that did not win a Super Bowl or make it. While he did not make it to the Super Bowl he did lead the Jets to the playoffs three times during his prime. 

So what will Carson Wentz have up his sleeve in the NFL?  I would say this much, I like his odds.  He has a 75 percent chance of making a Super Bowl, and a 100 percent chance he will lead his team to the playoffs.  Remember the name folks, he is special.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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