"I see everything. Arm strength. Accuracy. Toughness. Athletic ability. Smart. Great kid," one scout told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a second scout saying: "He's a genius, Wentz is. He could be really good. He's the best runner, he's the best athlete. He is off the charts."
Of course, if he flames out, plenty of jobs will be lost. Executive vice president Howie Roseman knows the inherent risk, but Wentz's potential was too much to pass up.
"One player can change your team," said Roseman.
"He's big, athletic and has a freaking cannon," another scout told McGinn. "Level of competition is the only thing. I'd sit him for a year and a half, two years. Then I got a real starter. He'll be shoved into the fire too quickly and it may crush him."
Quarterbacks taken second overall don't sit for long, but the Eagles could redshirt him even if Bradford winds up elsewhere in 2016. Daniel is seen by coach Doug Pederson as a future starter and capable of holding down the fort until Wentz is ready for action. In his favor, the Eagles are a nice landing spot for a young quarterback -- better, right now, than Cleveland.
The rookie will battle history along the way. Of the 69 first-round passers taken between 1984 and 2015, only two -- Delaware's Joe Flacco and Alcorn State's Steve McNair -- emerged from non-FBS schools. There's also the question of Wentz's breadth of experience: He started just seven games as a senior, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,651 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. A mobile runner, Wentz also plowed his way for six scores on the ground.
"Wentz really blew us away at the combine when we met with him," one AFC executive told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. "Talent is a big component, but these guys have to have intangibles if they are going to lead franchises and he's got them. I don't care where he played, he understands the game and it isn't too big for him."
Wentz's progress -- beginning this season -- will serve as the measuring stick for Roseman's return to power. If the young passer succeeds and blooms into a star, nobody will care how much the Eagles gave up for a franchise arm. If he fails, there will be hell to pay in the City of Brotherly Love.