Ashley Fox of ESPN.com argues that Fresno State QB Derek Carr's stock is on the rise because, unlike Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Jimmy Garoppolo, he ran a pro-style offense for one year in college.
Back in 2011, as a redshirt sophomore, Carr ran then-Fresno State coach Pat Hill's NFL scheme. "He learned the skills a quarterback needs at the next level: timing, footwork, and accuracy, among them," Fox wrote. "He threw vertical routes with precision and displayed a strong arm." Of course, Hill got fired and was replaced by the spread-running Tim DeRuyter. "When you see him now in that type of system when he went to the Senior Bowl, during the practices, during the week, during the game, during his pro day, he was very comfortable with the footwork, timing, mechanics, accuracy that he's going to need at the NFL level," said ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, the former director of pro personnel for the Eagles and Redskins. "There are some people that are very, very, very impressed by what they think his skills are relative to an NFL projection."