Oakland Raiders: Draft Options at Quarterback

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Dec 7, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares to throw a pass against the Utah State Aggies in the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr (6′ 3″ and 220 lbs.)- Fresno State Bulldogs

This guy is flying under the radar of most NFL Scouts an Teams.  The reason, his older brother is David Carr.  Yes, we all remember the first round draft pick who was taken first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft.  He hasn’t amounted to much, other than a solid backup.  Admittedly, David Carr stated he was not ready for the pressure of being the starter and the savior of an organization.  He needed time to develop.  He also says his brother Derek is better than he was, and he will help to mentor his brother through his NFL career.

Well enough about David Carr, let’s talk some Derek Carr.  This guy is a stud!  He was Fresno State’s quarterback and he started part of his Freshman year and all of his next three years.  During that time, he racked up very good numbers.  He had a 66.7% completion rate, threw for 12,843 yards, 113 touchdowns, and only threw 24 interceptions.  Not to shabby.  For those of you doing the math, that’s nearly 5 touchdowns to 1 interception over his four-year career at Fresno State.

This kid is deadly accurate with his deep balls.  If anybody ever wanted an Al Davis heave-the-ball down the field with accuracy style of player, this is the guy.  Furthermore, he has a lot of mobility when the pocket breaks down.  He has very good footwork in the pocket, and he goes through his progressions very fast.  He makes quick decisions and has a quick release.  He reminds me a lot of Andrew Luck with a bit of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers mixed in.  For those of us older generation guys, I would say he reminds me a lot of Bart Starr, Ken Stabler, Steve Young, and maybe some Johnny Unitas.

If you haven’t already heard, the Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Dennis Allen are both attending his Pro-Day.  That day is today, March 20th.  I imagine they may take the kid out to dinner for a private meet and greet?  In my opinion, this is the best option for the Raiders.  He is a hard-working tough player who has the ability to lead his team down the field at the end of the game for the win.  Not to mention that he is not on many teams clip boards as a draft option.  Therefore the Raiders may be able to sneak away with picking him up with their 2nd round draft pick.  However, don’t be surprised if the Raiders take him at #5 or trade down to say #7 or #8 and still pick him up.  Don’t believe me?  Check out some of Derek Carr’s highlights in this video provided courtesy of YouTube:

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  • gary Adkins

    My opinion best QB option for us

  • Bob

    Carr is likely going to be a bust just like his brother. Did you see him in the bowl game against USC? I like Bortles, but believe he may be gone by the 5th pick.

  • PK

    I think all first round are over rated
    Watkins then second third round Qb

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Hey, I agree that he has a lot of learning to do, but I don’t think he’s like his brother. He’s ready.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Overrated yes. All depends on who they go after though. A lot of teams with QB needs

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes indeed. They have their list and will grab their best from their list

  • Arty G

    Get Mack baby!

  • tw

    How I do agree pryor needs work to refine his accuracy I like him as a player and he should be given a chance with a o-line

  • James Schroeder

    I think all of these quarterbacks could potentially be great NFL starters, with the right coaching in the right system. I think you’re absolutely right about Derek Carr. I think he’s the sleeper we might pick up by doing another trade down like last year thinking nobody will take him. The dudes numbers alone speak to his ability. If he could translate to the NFL that’s another story. We know Bridgwater can, Jonny football is a ?, and Like you said Blake will be gone by the 5th for sure. If they draft him number one then we know he’s not coming into compete but he will be a starter. If hey get him in the second round or later I would say he’ll probably be competing with Pryor and Mcgloin. But after what I’ve seen last year, we need more competition at quarterback. Do right by us Reggie. Go get the guy who’s going to best fit for your system and be a part of your plan for the future. No more bust like Tyler Wilson and one-hit wonder Matt Flynn.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I like it. Great info, and thanks for commenting

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It’s too bad if we get rid of a playmaker like him, but there should only be one main QB. If only he’d switch to TE

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Mack would be awesome. If you’re talking about Khalil Mack that is. Mckenzie was at his Pro day, and since RMac used to be a LB himself, I’m sure there’s a reason why he was there. Problem is, I think Mack will be gone before 5th pick too

  • Mac Attack

    Trade down 5 picks or so draft Carr then fill all of our other holes with the extra draft picks. Please above all do not draft Manziel who I believe has the biggest danger of being a bust.

  • Rob Banks

    No secret the Raiders have more immediate needs than qb. I’d much rather they solidify the left side of the offensive line (baby steps) then address other needs after that. My faith in Penn is not great but he is at least serviceable and, if anything, adds much needed depth.

    Still, I hope the Raiders sell their 5th pick to the highest bidder. I don’t expect a Ricky Williams type swap at 5; however their first option should still be to trade down. Else, you take the best player available. Hopefully, that player is Sammy Watkins!

    Almost there…
    Go Raiders!

  • Bob

    If the Raiders pick up Schaub and his hefty contract there is no way they take a QB in the first round. Now the Raiders would be looking at a QB possibly not on your list.

  • mike

    Now that Schaub has been added, I think RM will have multiple scenarios at pick #5. All pending how the first 4 picks fall. I personally hope two of the big three QB’s will be there along with one of the OL guys and Mack. That would give us the preferred option of trading down with a team that wants one of those players. Stay in the top ten and gamble that Mack or OL guy is still there. If not then trade again out of the top ten and take Carr later in the 1st.

    If we stay at 5 then OL or Mack.

  • Carl Cockerham

    I see you!