FARGO, N.D. -- The question North Dakota State football coach Chris Klieman has gotten more than any other from NFL scouts about Carson Wentz this spring?
"They always ask, 'Is there anything we're missing?' Why is this kid so perfect?'" Klieman said.
Wentz's introduction to the NFL could remove some of his polish in time, but little of what the quarterback did on Thursday figures to have that effect.
Working out on the same field where he started for North Dakota State's past two FCS national championship teams, Wentz put on an impressive display for NFL scouts during the Bison's pro day on Thursday. He completed 62 of his 65 passes during his scripted workout at the Fargodome (including one drop in the red zone) and flashed the arm strength that could make the 6-foot-5 quarterback the first passer drafted next month.
"I really wanted to go out and show the athleticism that I possess -- the ability to throw on the run, throw in awkward platforms and still deliver an accurate football," Wentz said. "Overall, I thought that showed through."
Snowstorms in Chicago and Minneapolis had some NFL teams asking Wentz's camp if they could postpone his workout, and weather across the country certainly put a dent in the attendance; all 32 teams were scheduled to be in Fargo, but only 18 were seen at the stadium. Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson was the only head coach in attendance; the Browns, who have the second overall pick, also had vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry there, and quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton put Wentz through some extra drills right as the team was finalizing a deal with former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
One of the quarterback's only hiccups of the day was in a wet ball drill with Hamilton, who squirted a football with his water bottle and asked Wentz to throw it. The quarterback, who has played his home games indoors at North Dakota State, threw the first pass in the ground. Wentz said he suspected the drill might be coming after Hamilton used it with California QB Jared Goff last week but said he didn't prepare for it ahead of time.
"You guys all saw the result; the first one went into the ground," Wentz said. "I said, 'I'll get the next one.' It went all right, but yeah, it was different."
Wentz is competing with Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch to be the first quarterback selected next month and will next try to make his case through a series of private workouts in the coming weeks. The Dallas Cowboys, who hold the fourth overall pick, had a scout in attendance on Thursday and will hold a private workout with Wentz in the coming weeks. The Cowboys also spent six days with Wentz in Mobile, Alabama, in January when they coached the North team in the Senior Bowl.
"You work with a team for a week; you get a lot more comfortable," Wentz said. "I got to know not only the Cowboys staff but the Jaguars staff. I just got to experience those coaches, be exposed to that and just get a feel [for them]."
The quarterback hadn't yet decided where he'd spend draft night; he said he'd make that decision with his family in the next several weeks. Wentz's parents, his two brothers and his girlfriend were in attendance on Thursday, making the 3½-hour drive from Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday morning. The next step for Wentz was a return to Bismarck to celebrate Easter with his family. Then it's on to the next phases of a dizzying process that has introduced Wentz and the five-time national champions to the country in a big way.
"He's done a great job [handling the attention]," Bison offensive tackle Joe Haeg said. "Carson's been blowing up quite a bit lately, but it's all deserved. We're all excited for him, and I know he's excited for all of us. It's going to be fun to see how everything turns out."