Ben Roethlisberger surprised Browns passed on Carson Wentz

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger thought he would be seeing Carson Wentz on the field twice a year.

When asked whether he was surprised the Cleveland Browns didn’t select Wentz with the second overall pick, the Steelers quarterback gave a firm "yes."

“I thought he was AFC North all the way,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday morning in preparation for the Eagles on Sunday.

The Eagles (2-0) shipped multiple picks to Cleveland for the right to select Wentz. In 2004, the Browns passed on Roethlisberger with the sixth overall pick. Roethlisberger, a native of Findlay, Ohio, was fueled by the snub.

Wentz has 468 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in two starts.

Roethlisberger has gotten to know Wentz because the two share the same agent, Ryan Tollner.

“He’s a really smart guy, smart player, physically gifted, so I think all of that kind of helps,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger isn't the only Steeler impressed by Wentz. Coach Mike Tomlin thinks Wentz is doing an "awesome job," particularly in reading coverages, misdirection plays and mixing up throwing angles.

Big Ben and Wentz in the same division would have been fun, but they will have to settle for Sunday's meeting.