OK, it’s finally official.
The Los Angeles Rams took Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick, which enabled the Philadelphia Eagles to pluck their love child Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick Thursday night in the NFL draft.
With apologies to the late Prince, the Birds now hope to party like it’s 1999.
Just like Donovan McNabb was Andy Reid’s first draft pick as Eagles head coach in 1999, Wentz is the first pick of Doug Pederson, who started ahead of McNabb at the start of 1999 and later coached for Reid in both Philly and Kansas City.
The second pick is the highest any Football Championship Subdivision — formerly Division I-AA — quarterback or player has ever gone.
Yep, it’s a quantum leap from North Dakota State to the NFL and Eagles fans pray that Wentz, a marvelous piece of physical and mental machinery, is up to the task.
For now, everybody is laying praise on him like Kleenex. But things can change dramatically and abruptly if Wentz sticks his head in a lion’s mouth and gets it bitten off.
The Eagles swapped a posse of premium picks to land Wentz so they had better be right that he will be a franchise quarterback.
If not, the Birds are down to their last cigarette and the ash line is fast approaching the filter.