Cleveland fans are all too familiar with feelings of lamentation for franchise saviors bypassed by the Browns.
A native of northern Ohio, Ben Roethlisbergerwatched his hometown team eschew his obvious talents in favor of tight end Kellen Winslow back in 2004.
That wonderment was shared by Roethlsiberger.
"I was really surprised," Roethlisberger said in a Wednesday conference call, via The Plain Dealer. "I thought I would be facing him two times a year in Cleveland."
Roethlisberger expressed a similar sentiment minutes later, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I thought he was AFC North all the way."
It's no surprise that Roethlisberger is high on Wentz's potential. The two share the same agent and worked out together in California this past offseason.
"He's a heady player," Roethlisberger said on the conference call. "He's smart. Understands the game. Physically gifted, both with his legs and his arm. He can make all the throws."
Much like the hulking Roethlisberger, Wentz is custom-made for the harsh AFC North elements, standing 6-foot-5, weighing 240 pounds and sporting a strong arm capable of cutting through the fiercest December winds.
"I understand where everybody's coming from, but you've got to trust me on this one," coach Hue Jackson said in response to post-draft skepticism surrounding the Kessler choice. "This is a guy that we feel very comfortable with, and we feel he's going to have an opportunity to ascend."