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Derek Carr | Quarterback

Team: Fresno State Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205

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Fresno State QB Derek Carr was the top-rated player on the Raiders' board heading into Round 2, according to CSNBayArea's Scott Bair.
Oakland didn't anticipate selecting a signal-caller until later on, but they were surprised -- as were many draft experts -- that Carr fell out of Round 1 and into their laps. The value at No. 36 couldn't be ignored, so the Raiders flipped the script. Carr owns an outstanding arm, good athleticism and NFL bloodlines. However, he struggles in a muddied pocket and plays with shoddy mechanics. He's a good developmental prospect to sit for a year behind newly-acquired Matt Schaub. If the Raiders can fill the holes in his game -- and it won't be easy, but it's certainly possible -- they'll have a star on their hands. Sat, May 10, 2014 11:58:00 AM

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Raiders selected Fresno State QB Derek Carr with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Carr (6-foot-2 3/8, 214) earned Mountain West Offensive POY honors as both a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 24-15 record, 66.6 completion rate, and 113:24 TD-to-INT ratio. Carr was very effective in the pass rush-bereft Mountain West, but noticeably struggled to make throws with bodies around him. His Las Vegas Bowl performance against USC was a big red flag. Carr has outstanding arm talent and plus athleticism, but a long way to go to play functional quarterback in an NFL pocket, and is a work in progress mechanically. He's essentially a project despite 39 college starts. The Raiders will develop David's younger brother behind bridge starter Matt Schaub.
Fri, May 9, 2014 07:31:00 PM

The Raiders are likely to target Fresno State QB Derek Carr if they are able to trade down from No. 5, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

Nobody has met Oakland's asking price, according to the expert, but of course that could change tomorrow night depending on which prospects become available in that slot. If the Raiders can't trade down, they will take Khalil Mack, Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins, according to Pauline.
Wed, May 7, 2014 08:20:00 PM

Free agent David Carr told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that "about six or seven teams" have expressed interest in him if they draft his brother, Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

Carr fingered the Browns as one team that has rang. Cleveland makes plenty of sense as a Derek Carr destination. With the No. 4 pick, value dictates selecting one of the "Big 4" elite prospects, perhaps WR Sammie Watkins. The Browns have the flexibility to do that as owners of the Colts' first-round selection. It is with that pick, No. 26, that many mocks have Cleveland tabbing Derek Carr. Browns OC Kyle Shanahan was a WR coach during David Carr's last season with the Texans in 2006.
Fri, May 2, 2014 11:24:00 PM

ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson is concerned about Fresno State QB Derek Carr's ability to handle pressure, and also his propensity to overshoot throws while off balance.

"I could see why they would like him, but I don't think I would use that (No. 8 ) pick on him," said Williamson, a former NFL and college scout for the Browns, when discussing a potential marriage between Carr and the Vikings. "I think he's clearly fourth among those top four guys (Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater)." ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick, a former director of pro personnel for the Eagles and Redskins, thinks the 6-foot-2, 214-pound Carr is a good for Minnesota. "[OC Norv Turner is] going to want a guy who can hit those 15-, 20-, 25-yard dig routes, the deep post, the go route, the deep comeback on the outside -- which is really the hardest throw to make in the NFL," Riddick said.
Fri, May 2, 2014 07:25:00 PM

ESPN Stats & Information reports that Fresno State's Derek Carr completed only 30.9 percent of his passes when under duress in 2013.

This number is terrifying for a few reasons. First off, it's the lowest duress rate of any top quarterback prospect. Second, NFL QBs completed 41.5 percent of passes when under duress last year. Only three NFL QBS had a duress percentage lower than Carr's collegiate rate. We don't need to explain the difference between NFL edge rushers and those found in the Mountain West Conference.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 02:38:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock now ranks Fresno State's Derek Carr as the No. 3 QB in the class.

Carr checks in behind Johnny Manziel and Blakes Bortles, with Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo fourth. Of course, Mayock has completely moved past Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, who now is tied for fifth in his rankings with LSU's Zach Mettenberger. Alabama's AJ McCarron, who had been tied for fifth in Mayock's previous rankings, is now not ranked. Once a far-fetched possibility, Carr now appears locked into the first round.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 06:31:00 PM's Charles Davis believes Fresno State's Derek Carr could be the first QB selected in May.

In his latest mock draft, Davis has the Titans at No. 11 taking Carr as the first QB off the board. "There are more than a few QB-needy teams in the top 10, but all were proactive in the offseason, ensuring their rosters had a quarterback with previous starting experience in the NFL, so the need might not be quite as acute," Davis wrote. Only one of six writers polled said there was no chance that Carr could be the first QB off the board. Wrote veteran evaluator Gil Brandt: "All it takes is one team. I could see the Buccaneers being that team with Carr at No. 7; OC Jeff Tedford is very familiar with him. It's possible."
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 02:12:00 AM

The Titans "seem especially curious" about Fresno State QB Derek Carr, reports the Nashville Tennesseean.

Carr traveled to team headquarters earlier this month for a pre-draft visit, and OC Jason Michael and QB coach John McNulty worked Carr out privately in Fresno. The 11th overall pick is too early to take Carr, and the 42nd overall selection is probably too late, so Tennessee would probably have to consummate a trade to make something work. The Titans remain publicly committed to Jake Locker for 2014, but Carr won't be ready to start next season anyway.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 09:22:00 PM

According to STATS, Inc., 21.7 percent of Fresno State QB Derek Carr's attempts last season were screen passes.

As the draft process drags into the home stretch, reality and theoretical possibility have been discussed so interchangeably that the definition of certain players begins to change in a way that makes it difficult to remember who they actually are. Carr is a good example using the statistic above. During the season, he was an efficient quarterback in an extremely QB-friendly system who posted great numbers (5,083 yards and 50 TDs) but didn't necessarily demand attention. Since the season has ended, he's been mythologized into a cannon-wielding West Coast disciple (due to one season under Pat Hill as starter) with NFL bloodlines. The reality and fantasy of the situation distort the prospect. Yes, Carr has a strong arm, but it is of equal note that either Tim DeRuyter was misusing him at FSU or Carr's weaknesses were being intelligently shielded. It's one or the other. And if the latter is true, it wouldn't much matter if Carr could throw 200 yards from his knees.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 08:30:00 PM's Ian Rapoport believes the Cardinals could use the No. 20 overall pick on a QB.

Arizona might be in a spectacular spot to grab a long-term option at QB in the opening stanza. With the way the waters are flowing with the QBs at the moment, it seems almost likely that two of the top four prospects -- Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr -- will still be on the board when Arizona comes onto the clock. Thirty-four-year-old starting QB Carson Palmer tossed 22 interceptions a season ago.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 01:56:00 AM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr is "gonna go in the first round, the way it looks right now," said ESPN's Mel Kiper on the "First Draft" podcast.

Kiper calls Carr a "red hot" prospect. When he was finished talking, fellow analyst Todd McShay said with bemusement: "Unbelievable." Earlier in the process, McShay said he wouldn't take Carr until the fifth round. And how? He's bumped Carr "up" to a fourth-round grade. "Put it this way, I'm not wavering on Derek Carr," said McShay.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr is visiting the Bucs on Wednesday, according to beat writer Jenna Laine.

The Bucs signed Josh McCown to be the starter in 2014, but the new decision makers have shown zero attachment to Mike Glennon. Carr is an unlikely option at No. 7, but a team could trade back into the first-round to lock up that fifth year contract option.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr confidently called himself the draft's best QB, and told the "NFL AM" on the NFL Network that the tape backs up the claim.

On the show, Carr said he was "absolutely" the best quarterback in the draft, and added: "We can turn the tape on and watch it." Certainly nobody can match the statistics accumulated on that celluloid, as Carr threw for a ridiculous 5,083 yards and 50 TDs in 2013. He also dropped an interesting tidbit when asked about the three QB prospects supposedly above him in the pecking order -- UCF's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel -- claiming he's heard that he'll go above at least one of them. "From what I've heard ... it'll work out that way," Carr said.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, and then the Cleveland Browns the following week, according to NFL network's Ian Rapoport.

From the looks of it, the Bucs could be interested in picking up a future signal caller to develop behind QB Josh McCown. Perhaps the Bucs could move back up in the end of the first if Carr falls to the end of the round. The Browns hold the 4th and 26th selections in the draft. Perhaps the Browns could wait till their second pick in the first to grab Derek Carr if he's there.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:20:00 AM