INDIANAPOLIS -- Carson Wentz continues to hear the questions about his small-school background.
Was the competition he faced at North Dakota State strong enough for him to prove that he has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback in the NFL? Wouldn't it be a big risk for a team to select him in the upper tier of the draft?
Wentz has a simple response.
"First and foremost, you got to win," he told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think for me coming out of North Dakota State, I think the track record speaks for itself as a winner."
Wentz went 20-3 as a starter with the Bison. He also led the team to FCS championships in 2014 and 2015.
That, along with his considerable size (6-foot-5 and 233 pounds), strong passing arm, and sound mechanics could very well make him the second overall pick of the draft. That's where the Cleveland Browns, who need a quarterback, are choosing.
"So when I think of a franchise quarterback, not only do I think of the physical ability, but I think of being a winner, winning ballgames, taking command, being a leader," Wentz said. "All those things come to mind."