Round 2: Derek Carr, QB Fresno
Regardless of my personal feelings about Derek and my evaluation of him as a prospect, I see exactly what Reggie sees in him. Personally, I have major concerns regarding him throwing off his back foot and how he handles pressure, but what I am not concerned about is his character, leadership, arm talent, football IQ, ability to read a defense pre-snap, and mobility. The question becomes, does my two concerns outweigh all of those positives? I gave the exact placement in my top 100 that Carr was drafted at, but Reggie had him as his number two quarterback behind Bortles. Reggie believes Carr can be a franchise quarterback and I can absolutely see that happening. I can also see him flame out in a few years and what will decide his future is coaching. Luckily for the Raiders they have a talented quarterback coach in John DeFilippo who last year was able to mold an undrafted rookie free agent in Matt McGloin into a serviceable quarterback. The plan for Carr is simple, sit at least one season as the third quarterback until his mechanical issues are figured out and allow Schaub and McGloin win games for you in the immediate future. If Carr starts at any point this year it is because he unexpectedly earned it, or things have gone terribly wrong.
This is not the most exciting tape to watch from a fan perspective, but from an evaluation standpoint this is very good to see.