When Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, Head Coach Dennis Allen, Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson, and QB Coach John DeFilippo show up to your Pro-Day workout, it’s a good sign that they want you. Yes Raiders fans, the Oakland Raiders have selected QB Derek Carr out of Fresno State. The California native will remain in his home state.
This pick is excellent. There are a lot of haters out there that don’t like the idea of this pick, but he is a good QB who will do very well in the NFL. He is the prototypical pocket passer that Dennis Allen and Greg Olson have been looking for. He will need time to develop, and he can do so behind starter Matt Schaub.
The 6′ 3″ 220 pound quarterback was a three-year starter at Fresno State. During that time, he threw for 12,843 yards and 113 touchdowns. He is a 2-time Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and he appeared as a starter in the Hawaiian Bowl (2012) and Las Vegas Bowl (2013).
Carr will challenge Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards for the backup role to Matt Schaub in Training Camp this year. He will have time to sit behind Schaub and learn how to operate an NFL offense, and that will be great for his development.