Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Over the past two years, Derek Carr has racked up incredible stats. In 2012, he threw for 4,104 yards and 37 touchdowns while only throwing 7 interceptions. Last year, Carr did even better passing for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions. While his stats are partially inflated by Fresno State's pass happy spread offense, it takes a polished Quarterback to post those numbers. The fact that Carr has performed impressively all three years as a starter shows that he is a consistent Quarterback.
At the combine, Carr was listed at 6'2", 214 lbs. While he has typical height, his weight is marginal for a Quarterback. To compare, both his height and weight are exactly the same as Teddy Bridgewater's. Carr's frame has created concern about his durability. But, once he is placed into an NFL diet plan, his weight should no longer be of concern.
Andrew Luck is an extremely athletic Quarterback who actually ran a faster 40-yard dash than Johnny Manziel. But Luck's elite passing skills mask his agility. Derek Carr is similar as he displays underrated athleticism that is not noticed because of his throwing ability. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Carr ran a 4.69 40-yard dash. To compare, Johnny Manziel was only .01 seconds faster. This speed allows Carr to escape pressure by either rolling out or tucking it. His athleticism also gives Offensive Coordinators options as they can call bootlegs and read-options that can confuse defenses.
Derek Carr has one of the strongest arms in the draft. Along with gunslingers Logan Thomas and Zach Mettenberger, Carr is a tier-one Quarterback in terms of throwing power. He has lightning quick delivery and as a result, was only sacked 11 times last year. Carr is capable of making every throw inside the pocket with outstanding velocity.
On the majority of Carr's throws, he displays nice touch and hits his receivers in stride. He also throws a very accurate deep-ball which should appeal to vertical teams such as the Raiders. The one area where Carr struggles is when he is under pressure. While he excels at keeping his eyes down field, he rushes his throws when blitzed. This is the biggest question mark facing NFL scouts as Carr has missed wide-open receivers when facing pressure.
Carr is comfortable in the pocket where he makes the majority of his throws. He can step up to avoid pressure or scramble with his athleticism. Carr needs work on his footwork which looks inconsistent on tape. As mentioned earlier, he struggles when facing pressure.
Only the great Quarterbacks show the ability to perform under pressure. That is exactly what Derek Carr accomplished against Rutgers when he led Fresno State to an overtime victory.
Against San Diego State, Carr did not perform well early in the game. But when the game was on the line, Carr played brilliantly throwing a touchdown in both the fourth quarter and overtime to seal another victory for the Bulldogs.
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