Carson Wentz won five titles at North Dakota State, including his redshirt year, and he was named NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player as a junior and senior . But will he be able to handle the jump to the NFL, potentially as the No. 1 overall pick? Wentz hung with the big boys on the night before the NFL Draft, sitting on a panel Wednesday with fellow prospects Jared Goff and Ezekiel Elliott and Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford. ESPN's Adam Schefter moderated the event at Nike Chicago. Wentz then spoke to ThePostGame about hunting, FCS haters and more.
ThePostGame: What is Carson Wentz doing the night before the draft other than talking with me?
CARSON WENTZ: I'm going to dinner with my family. I haven't seen them all day. I've been real busy. My older brother just landed. Most of my other family's been here already. I'm just going to relax and have a nice steak or something.
TPG: You grew up in North Dakota, you went to North Dakota State. We're in Chicago right now. Is there that feeling of a small-town kid going to a big city?
WENTZ: Not really. I've been exposed throughout this process to a number of different cities. I'm excited for a change of scenery. I'm excited for a new home. North Dakota will always be home, but I'm excited to go experience the world a little bit and make the most of a new city. It is what it is. It's still just football. You're going to play football. You can only enjoy the city as much as you can.
TPG: So, you don't think an NFL team with move to North Dakota in the next few months?
WENTZ: I don't think so. No. I don't think they ever will.
TPG: What are some of things you like to do off the field?
WENTZ: Hunting is big. I fish a little bit, but I'm more into the hunting world. I fell in love with it when I was in college. It's a release from football to get away. In college, it's football all the time. Going forward, it's going to be football, football, football. Hunting is a good release, good way to get away from the game and just decompress, even it's just for a couple hours. I've always enjoyed it. I've got a 3-year-old golden retriever that I've raised. She hunts with me too. She loves it. Always makes it more enjoyable.
TPG: How does a golden retriever hunt?
WENTZ: When we're bird hunting, so duck and goose hunting and also pheasants, she'll fetch the birds and swim after the birds in the hunting water. She loves it. When I wake up at 3:30, 4 in the morning, she knows what's going on. She sees me grab the gun, she's ready to go, she's fired up. She might even love it more than I do.
TPG: Where do you hunt?
WENTZ: All over North Dakota mostly. Between Fargo and Bismarck. There's a ton of hunting ground. We're talking about North Dakota. There's hunting land everywhere. There's so much open land. That's why I love it.
TPG: What's the most common misconception of Carson Wentz?
WENTZ: I think people want to talk about the FCS. They say the level of competition is not pro-ready. I think that's not accurate. The system we ran, and I was in charge of and responsible for in college, I think the transition for me is going to be a lot smoother and quicker than for most. The speed of the game is what it is. You're going to have to make adjustments. I feel like I played at a really high level and really fast-paced. There's a misconception of "he's going to take time to learn and he's going to be slow because of where he came from," and I think where I came from, the offense, is a benefit and a strength of mine.
TPG: Did you consider an FBS program?
WENTZ: Central Michigan was the only school that was recruiting me. I considered them for a while and then I realized NDSU had just beaten them a couple years before anyway, and I wanted to go win. I wanted to play for championships. At the FCS level, that's the way it played out. Heck, I'm walking away from college with five rings. I wouldn't change that for the world.
TPG: We're here at Nike Chicago. Was signing with Nike a long time coming?
WENTZ: Yeah, I was fired up and about the potential of signing with Nike, and now that's it's actually a reality, it's awesome. I grew up wearing all this stuff. Their gear, it just keeps getting better and better. Family loves it, friends love it, I can help out. I've been wearing Nike cleats when I was yea big, so I love it.
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