Wentz selected second overall 'a day in North Dakota sports history'

Four years ago the former North Dakota State quarterback became the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz looks back at the audience before getting interviewed by Dieon Sanders after being picked second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL draft pick at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on Thursday, April 28, 2016. David Samson / The Forum

Four years ago today, Carson Wentz was a highly touted prospect out of North Dakota State about to become an NFL quarterback.

The Bismarck Century and NDSU alum was selected with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 28, 2016 in Chicago. The Eagles made a blockbuster trade earlier that month, sending the eighth overall pick to the Cleveland Browns, along with a third and fifth round pick in the 2016 draft, a first round pick in 2017 and a second round pick in 2018 for the Eagles to move up to the number two overall spot.

Philadelphia became enamored with Wentz earlier in the draft process, which included head coach Doug Pederson and owner Jeffrey Lurie flying to Fargo to visit with him.


Wentz has gone on to play 56 games with the Eagles thru his first four years in the NFL, throwing 97 touchdown passes to go along with 35 interceptions. He has been beset by injuries in the NFL, suffering broken ribs, a torn ACL, a broken bone in his back and a concussion which caused him to miss a majority of the Eagles most recent playoff game against Seattle in January.

Here's some of WDAY and The Forum's coverage from the day that Wentz was drafted second overall.

The Forum's Carson Wentz NFL Draft coverage.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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