Derek Carr, QB

School: Fresno State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 214 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.672.621.59- 34 1/29'2"4.20-

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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 didn'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 did enjoy a strong Senior Bowl week, and continued to impress during pre-draft workouts. That includes his pro day, where a scout told NFLDraftScout.com that Carr "didn't have a bad throw" despite dealing with nausea early in the day.

Carr cited his strong performance in Mobile as a reason for not throwing at the Combine, though he did compete in most of the timed drills. Any question about Carr's athleticism was erased when the 6-foot-2 (3/8), 214 pound quarterback was electronically timed at 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- just a hundredth of a second slower than Johnny Manziel.

Perhaps the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft is underrated because of guilt by familial association. Derek is not David, but together they can help the younger brother avoid the mistakes of the older one. Draft Derek, sign David (now a free agent) and let them work it out.

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

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: OAKLAND RAIDERS: Round 2/36 -- Derek Carr, QB, 6-2, 215, Fresno State...The company line is Carr will come to camp and play behind Matt Schaub while he learns the pro game. That could change if Schaub carries the struggles of his final year in Houston to Oakland. One problem: Carr has taken only a handful of snaps from under center the past two years. - The Sports Xchange


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