Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning QB has put out their quarterback rankings. In those rankings, second year quarterback Derek Carr landed at 19.
Here is what Andy Benoit had to say about Carr:
Have to see how he does with the training wheels off, but skill-wise, it appears the Raiders have finally (finally!) found their franchise QB.
What's more interesting is who ranks below him.
At 20 is Andy Dalton, who led the Bengals to the playoffs last season and went made a trip to the Pro Bowl. The Raiders face the Bengals in the 2015 season opener, so we should get an idea then where they belong in the rankings.
Below Dalton at 21 is Colin Kaepernick who was playing in the Super Bowl just a couple seasons ago, but has fallen off a bit since then. It was the Raiders last season that rattled Kaepernick and set them on a course to miss the playoffs.
Two spots down, at number 23, is Teddy Bridgewater, who had a better rookie season than Carr by most accounts and was a rookie of the year candidate because of it. Apparently Benoit disagrees.
James Brady of SB Nation site Niners Nation responded to Kaepernick's ranking and there was one particular paragraph with which I agree wholeheartedly.
I have to say, even outside of Kaepernick and his spot in the list, I massively disagree with much of this list. Andy Dalton is ridiculously low for his stats, Jameis Winston is above a bunch of guys he shouldn't be, and he calls Marcus Mariota the most mysterious quarterback drafted in the top five ever -- which itself is rather puzzling. Mariota looks like your standard first-round quarterback to me, but perhaps I've missed something!