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NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 1:56 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.
Apr 17 - 11:25 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.
Apr 16 - 10:29 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 11:09 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.
Apr 11 - 11:20 AM

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."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 7:13 PM

In his newest mock draft, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah slots Fresno State QB Derek Carr to Arizona at No. 20 and has Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater falling to the Browns at No. 26 overall.

"This might be a bit of a surprise choice," Jeremiah said of slotting Carr to the Cardinals, "but Carr has the skill set to fit nicely in Bruce Arians' offense." As for Bridgewater's drop, Jeremiah was hardly apologetic, writing that he debated giving Cleveland a different QB: "I wouldn't be shocked if the Browns chose Jimmy Garoppolo with [the No. 26 overall choice] (there's a lot of chatter connecting the two), but I'll stick with Bridgewater right now."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 6:07 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr will visit Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Although it's difficult to peg precisely where Carr will go in May, it would be an utter and complete shock if Jacksonville used the No. 3 overall pick on him. However, Carr could be a nice fit with the Jags if they bypass a QB in the first-round and instead invest their second selection on a signal-caller. Carr is ranked by most experts in a group by himself between elite QB prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, and the second-tier of AJ McCarron, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Savage, and Zach Mettenberger.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 7 - 10:52 PM

ESPN's Ashley Fox writes there is a "growing sentiment" that Fresno State QB Derek Carr could be the Browns pick at No. 4.

"Cleveland could decide that Carr is its guy and use the fourth overall pick on him despite owning three picks in the top 35, including No. 26 overall," Fox writes. The comment comes directly after citing a statement from ESPN's Louis Riddick, a former NFL exec, saying Carr "was very comfortable with the footwork, timing, mechanics, accuracy that he's going to need at the NFL level," which was displayed at the Senior Bowl and during his pro day.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 12:28 PM

The Titans are hosting Fresno State QB Derek Carr for a visit on Wednesday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

The Titans have Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst on the roster, but Carr could be an option in the second-round. We consistently point to Carr's lack of balance and poise in the pocket, but the Titans do have a lot of talent along their offensive line, which could help his development early on.
Apr 2 - 12:10 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr told Cleveland.com that he's the best QB in the draft and he welcomes competing with Brian Hoyer for the Browns' starting gig.

"In the most humble way you can answer that question, yes (I'm the best)," Carr said Tuesday. "Absolutely. There's no doubt in my mind. That's a tough one for me to answer because I don't like talking about myself in that light, but to answer it, absolutely." Carr, who led the NCAA with 5,083 yards and 50 TD passes in 2013, was in town to hold a private workout for the Browns on Monday. "I left there with a really good vibe," Carr said. "Now, to the extent of whether they're going to pick me or not, I have no clue. Teams are good at disguising that kind of stuff. But from the standpoint of having a good feel from it and a good vibe of it, definitely." Carr also noted enthusiasm about the idea of competing with Hoyer, a veteran he or any other first-round QB would likely displace.
Apr 1 - 8:16 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah reports QB Derek Carr has five team workouts scheduled.

Those five teams include the Titans, Browns, Raiders, Vikings and the Rams. The last team listed is an interesting one, along with the Browns, since both teams have two first-round picks in May's draft. Jeremiah believes four quarterbacks will be selected in the first-round, with Carr being one of them.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 11:05 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay has a fourth-round grade on Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

McShay also labeled Carr the biggest risk of the quarterback group since people are mentioning him in the first-round. "I don't see it," McShay began. "60 percent of his throws within five yards of the line of scrimmage, struggles against pressure and that tape I watched against USC, that is not a quarterback, to me, that looks like a potential starter in the league." It can be difficult to separate quarterbacks from systems, and Carr's inability to fire in the face of a pass rush has been well documented in the form of poor balance, but we still expect him to be, at worst, an early second-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 1:38 PM

The Raiders have a "massive crush" on Fresno State QB Derek Carr, according to beat writer David White.

"But not a No. 5 overall pick sort of crush," White notes. The beat writer adds the Raiders are more "inclined" to trade down and select Carr with a later pick, however, that can get a bit tricky. The draft continues to approach, but the quarterback conundrum does not appear to be any clearer. Carr has earned rave reviews for his off-field demeanor and leadership skills, and offers a great arm and an athletic lower half to mold.
Mar 24 - 11:22 AM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr "more than likely played himself into the lower end of the first round" at his pro day on Thursday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

"Carr (6-2 1/8, 215 pounds) did an exceptional job, showing off a very, very strong arm in a 72-pass workout," Brandt wrote. "His incomplete passes were mostly on long throws where he aired the ball out, but he put on a show as far as being accurate and showed he’s a strong-armed quarterback. He really helped himself out in the draft." Carr confidently told a group of Raiders' decision-makers at the event that No. 5 overall would not be too early to draft him, as he'd heard rumblings that he was a probable first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 5:42 PM


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