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Derek Carr, QB

School: Fresno State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.69--- 34 1/29'2"4.20-
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Minnesota Vikings | #8
    Mike Zimmer's choice of Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator is an indication that he is looking for quarterback with the big arm to keep safeties from crowding the line of scrimmage. The quarterbacks already on the roster do not possess this type of ability but Carr does. He led the country in passing yards, passing touchdowns and wowed scouts at the Senior Bowl as well as his Pro Day.
  • Oakland Raiders | #4
    Yes, the Raiders brought in Matt Schaub to be the presumed starter, but the chance to bring in the strong-armed Carr here is low-risk investment.
  • Cleveland Browns | #26
    They pass on a quarterback with the fourth pick and end up taking Carr here.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #8
    The Vikings won't take just any quarterback at this spot in the draft for Norv Turner's offense. If Carr is available he makes the most sense. Minnesota may have to jump over Oakland to get him.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: NFL-caliber arm strength to sling the ball all over the field, with the ability to throw the deep fade and fire passes into tight windows. Shows the ability to square his shoulders and fire passes with velocity and accuracy. Demonstrates a combination of arm strength, accuracy and underrated athleticism. Astute ability to read coverages and recognize pressure at the line of scrimmage with several pre-snap adjustments based on obvious film study.

Perhaps the most underrated element of Carr's game is his athleticism. Good vision, lateral agility and speed to elude. Typically keeps his eyes downfield and completes passes when receivers are able to break open late, but also shows the decisiveness to scramble when easy yards are available.

WEAKNESSES: Played primarily out of the shotgun, and must show the ability to take snaps from under center and read defenses while dropping back. Struggled against better competition, including a poor career finale as USC constantly harassed Carr, who was unable to move the ball consistently in the face of pressure. Will rush passes when blitzed, frequently starting down and overthrowing targets. Stats inflated by Fresno State's pass-happy offense. Accuracy was inconsistent on critical plays in several of Fresno State's biggest games in 2013.

--Rob Rang (12/29/13)

Player Overview

Carr comes from good NFL bloodlines, as his brother, David, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2002. Derek followed in his brother's footsteps in choosing Fresno State as the No. 12-rated quarterback prospect in the nation by one recruiting service.

Carr saw action in five games during the 2009 season before redshirting the following season. He took over the starting job in 2011, earning second-team All-WAC honors by throwing for 3,544 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

He was named the 2012 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year after setting a single-season conference record with 4,104 passing yards. Carr added 37 touchdowns to tie for third in the FBS, and his 37-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio ranked third among quarterbacks with at least 300 completions.

Carr entered his senior season needing 3,049 passing yards to break Kevin Sweeney's career record at Fresno State, and went on the smash the record with 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 68.9 percent of his passes.

He certainly won't quiet critics, however, with a final performance in a 45-20 loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl that raised more questions than provided answers. The included in two areas critical for success at the next level - maintaining composure against the rush and completing NFL-caliber throws downfield.

Carr will need to impress at the Senior Bowl and his pro day in order to prove he is worthy of a first-round pick.

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Player News
04/03/2014 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...1. While Fales and Thomas showed off intriguing traits during their respective Pro Days, the best performance from a quarterback so far may have been turned in by Fresno State's Derek Carr, whose sparkling session March 20 was all the more impressive given that he woke up nauseous and took an IV from trainers prior to throwing for scouts. Carr's impressive throwing session looks all the more impressive given that two of the underclassmen ranked above him on NFLDraftScout.com's board were unable to distance themselves from the competition. Central Florida's Bortles showed significant improvement in his footwork and overall accuracy, earning a solid "B" from one scout in attendance, but struggles with the deep ball may be enough to force the Houston Texans to look elsewhere with the No. 1 overall selection.

Bortles' performance, however, was better than Bridgewater's, whose disappointing throwing session March 17 certainly raises red flags. Lighter than expected and throwing without the gloves with which he'd used throughout his career, Bridgewater pushed rather than passed the ball, too often forcing receivers to adjust. Given the accuracy and command he's shown over the past three seasons, Bridgewater remains NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback. Given the blue chip talent at other positions and the depth at quarterback, that doesn't mean that Bridgwater, Bortles or any of the other quarterbacks are necessarily a guarantee to be selected among the top 10. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com



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