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Brooks: Carson Wentz could be used like Cam Newton

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NFL offensive coordinators looking to diversify their rushing attacks with help from the quarterback might look to the Carolina Panthers' offensive system as a means to do so.

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And they might look to Carson Wentz as a quarterback who could execute it.

The former North Dakota State star, who has emerged as one of the elite quarterback prospects available in the 2016 NFL Draft, was used in college much the same way that the Panthers use Cam Newton, per NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"The comparison comes from watching Wentz play in the fall and watching him execute some of the concepts and tactics that Cam does for the Panthers," Brooks said. "Designed quarterback runs, powers, draw plays, some of the zone-read things, that leads me to believe a creative offensive coordinator could implement some of those things for him to take advantage of his unique athleticism for a guy his size."

Wentz discussed at the Reese's Senior Bowl that his competitiveness has always led him to contact at the end of his runs at the college level, and that he's only now beginning to learn the proper way to slide and avoid unnecessary hits. Still, at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, Wentz has the size to withstand his share of punishment.

"People say (Joe) Flacco and some other guys (when making Wentz comparisons), but he's far more athletic than that," Brooks said. "He's not the physical specimen than Cam is but he is a big-bodied, athletic quarterback who is very comfortable running and putting his body in harm's way."

Of course, an NFL club that invests a first-round draft pick in Wentz might not have designed runs in mind for what it would hope to be a franchise quarterback; particularly if it's not a team that already has such concepts in its playbook.

But if the occasional quarterback run is part of the plan for Wentz, it won't be anything he's not used to.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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