This time last year, the Kansas City Chiefs would have been drooling over the four quarterbacks projected to go in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. One of those quarterbacks is Fresno State’s Derek Carr. Carr is ranked as the fourth best quarterback and 31st best overall player in this year’s draft (Source: CBSSports).
Derek Carr started for Fresno State for three seasons. He ended his career throwing for 12,843 yards, 113 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions. Fifty of those touchdowns came in the 2013 season alone. Carr also rushed for five touchdowns.
Derek Carr Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.69 seconds*
Vertical jump – 34.5 inch*
Broad jump – 110.0 inch
20-yard shuttle – 4.20 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Carr was originally thought to be a top ten pick, but with several teams re-signing or picking up quarterbacks in free agency (Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Texans, Chad Henne re-signing with the Jaguars, Matt Schaub to the Raiders), Carr is now projected to go later in the first round or possibly early in the second round.
Realistically, Carr will probably be the best quarterback available by the time the Kansas City Chiefs’ first round pick rolls around. Would the Chiefs draft Carr with the 23rd overall pick? More than likely not, as quarterback isn’t a necessity for Kansas City. Carr does, however, have the tangibles of a franchise quarterback in the NFL and might be tough to let go if he’s available at pick 23.
“Athletic, tough, instinctive, strong-armed, highly competitive quarterback who will impress in workouts, interviews and on the board. Elevated the Fresno State program and profiles like a gunslinger, though he’d be better served in the long run honing his game-management skills. Will be a starter sooner rather than later and the degree to which he’s able to make those around him better will determine his ceiling.” – NFL.com’s ‘Bottom Line’ on Carr
Carr has been linked as a possible fit for the Cleveland Browns, who have two first round picks. CBSSports thinks that Minnesota might be a good fit for Carr, but would the eighth overall pick be too high to draft Carr? There have also been rumors floating around that Oakland has a “massive crush” on Carr. Are any of these teams a good fit for Carr?
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