Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) drops back to pass against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Analysis: Raiders draft Derek Carr, take shot at future franchise QB

When Derek Carr was left on the board after Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft it was assumed that the Oakland Raiders would be hoping to add the Fresno State quarterback should he be available with the No. 36 pick in the second round on Friday night in New York. A realistic possibility considering the only QB-hungry team ahead of them were the Houston Texans, a team that was unlikely to draft the younger brother of a player they consider to be the worst bust.

The Raiders had no such worries that David Carr’s younger brother will have the same career hardships, eagerly nabbing their guy at No. 36 after the Texans, Cowboys (via trade with Washington) and Browns made their selections. Opting to pass on an array of elite defensive tackles to draft who will now be assumed as the Raiders franchise quarterback of the future.

Carr was rumored to be the favored prospect of Raiders owner Mark Davis as well as a favorite of general manager Reggie McKenzie as the reported interest between Oakland and Carr dates back all the way to the early stages of the offseason. Making the fact that the Raiders managed to steal Carr in the second round something that is going to be celebrated through the night at the Raiders facilities.

Blessed with a strong arm that was exhibited often last year in Fresno State’s spread offense, Carr shined for the Bulldogs in 2014 with a 50 passing touchdown season that had him pegged as a surefire first round talent before a poor performance against a red hot USC team during his bowl appearance dropped his draft stock that led to his free fall to the 36th pick in the draft tonight. A drop that may end up being the Raiders gain down the long run.

With veteran Matt Schaub assumed to get all of the starts in 2014 for the Raiders for the time being, Carr will have time to adjust from playing in the Mountain West to playing against the best athletes and defenses in the world at a pace that Reggie McKenzie saw pay dividends when Aaron Rodgers dropped late to the Packers famously while RM was in the Packers front office. Schaub is no Brett Favre by any means, but having the veteran of the Falcons/Texans will be instrumental in how Carr develops before making his close up down the road.

For now Raider Nation should be happy that their potential franchise quarterback is now in the organization, a move that was made at the sacrifice of turning down the chance at an impact player that could be used right away to perhaps get the best quarterback to wear the Silver and Black since Rich Gannon. Only time will tell, but the 5,000 yard + 50 passing TD man from Fresno State may just be the answer to the Raiders tortured history at the QB position over the past decade.


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  • Bob

    Big mistake. The Raiders still do not have the QB of the future on the team and now have used five picks in two years on QBs. I will be back here in two to three year to tell you I told you so.

  • F3st3r

    Why not a DT here? If set on a QB in the 2nd, why pick Carr early in 2nd when could’ve possibly traded back, got an extra pick and still ended up with Garropolo (sp?) or McCarron. Is Carr considered to be that much better than the other two?

  • Rees Britton

    Great pick!!! My favorite qb in this draft.

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  • Brutus

    Good pick. RM is counting on 2-3 solid years from Schaub with deep playoff runs, while Carr rides the pine for 2-3 years. They got some o-line depth in the third and now have five picks tomorrow. I look for DT, CB and WR tomorrow.
    Interesting that the Pats took Garappolo – just like it was interesting when they took Mallet. Maybe their strategy is to market them as “mentored behind Brady”. I look for them to trade Mallet or Garappolo tomorrow or in the near future.
    Love having two fourth rounders tomorrow. Maybe we trade back and get a 5 or 6.

  • Angel

    Carr wouldn’t have lasted. Stoked we got him. It’s like we got 2 first round picks. Let’s start this season already!!

  • Charles Vasquez

    Wrong bob! Carr is a thousand times better that Jonny Jockstrap!

  • Raider Grant

    Fully agree! We could have added Tuitt or Nix to D, especially since Smith just had minor surgery. Best of luck to the kid though. Go Raiders!!!