Oct 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) points out coverage at the line during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
To go with all of the physical attributes that don’t need developing, Carr doesn’t have much to develop from the neck up either. Carr played in a pro style offense from high school until his redshirt Junior year at Fresno State. He’s also watched film as an NFL quarterback at age 12 while his brother brought his work home to share with the 12-year-old.
Another part of being pro ready is being mature enough to lead a group of grown men. Carr is only 23 but he’s married with a child, devoted to his family and a devout Christian. The experience of almost losing his son last fall as an infant has brought his maturity level beyond the point that he can relate to the 30-year-old men he’ll be asked to lead.
Instead of drinking and partying, Carr prefers preparing as he used to the responsibility of calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage from the no-huddle he ran in college. Carr often looked like Peyton Manning, checking into plays and protections. From that, we can see that he is used to being the first one in the building and the last to leave everyday.
Carr has already shown offensive coordinator Greg Olson just how ready he is to play right away. Olson told San Francisco Gate’s Vic Tafur, “We like his comfort level. Right away you can see this is not too big for him.”