Derek Carr NFL Draft Profile

Derek Carr NFL Draft Profile

Derek Carr, Quarterback, Senior, Fresno State



Carr, the younger brother of former #1 overall pick David Carr, is on the preseason Heisman and Mackey watch list.  Like his big brother, he has made waves at Fresno State.  He will be entering his third year as a starter and will be building on impressive junior year numbers.  Carr pitched for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns.  All that and he only threw seven interceptions.  Not many quarterbacks had seasons that prolific in 2012.

After taking over the reins in 2011 as the full time starter, Carr has been a stat machine.  He has 7,760 passing yards in two full years (and a few games on spot duty) as a starter.  Most importantly, he really limits his turnovers.  He has a total of 16 interceptions in two seasons.  With 3,050 passing yards this season he breaks the school record for career passing yards.  He can already add to his record for highest completion percentage (65.2). 


Final Projection:

Carr is clearly a talented quarterback, following in his brother’s footsteps.  He has good size for a quarterback, and he has a quick release.  Coaches and scouts will certainly like the production.  However, they also take into account the system and the competition.  Fresno State does not consistently play elite teams.  Carr will hardly be considered one of the top 10 best quarterbacks in the draft next season, barring any stark changes in opinion.  He is a solid prospect, but probably will not be considered before the third or fourth round.  History is also working against him.  After his brother did not pan out in Houston, he may get scrutinized a little more than most other guys coming out.  Unfortunately, they are not the Mannings.  Carr will find a roster next offseason.  It just depends on when.


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