The Oakland Raiders continue to build a solid 2014 NFL Draft. First, the Raiders grabbed linebacker Khalil Mack in the first round yesterday. Now, Oakland selected quarterback Derek Carr in the second round with the 36th overall pick. Carr fills a very important need for the Raiders at quarterback. The team brought in Matt Schaub via trade this offseason to start, but he is a one or two year stop gap.
Derek Carr was a player the Raiders were interested in for much of the draft process. General manager Reggie McKenzie took in his Pro Day and ultimately selected him today. Carr comes to Oakland from Fresno State where he put up ridiculous numbers. In his senior season, Carr completed 69 percent of his passes for an unbelievable 5,083 yards, 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Carr is a fifth year senior with three years of starting experience in college which should suit his development at the next level.
The 6-3, 220 pound Carr is thought of as the best natural passer in the entire 2014 NFL Draft. He has very good arm strength and is a better athlete than given credit for. He has a quick release and solid accuracy on short to intermediate throws. At the NFL Combine, Carr ranked among the best at his position in the forty yard dash with a 4.69, the vertical jump, and the twenty yard shuttle.
With Schaub already on board, the Raiders can take their time developing Carr. Carr has some weakness when he is under pressure which can be said of most quarterbacks. However, that will still need to be addressed. He also needs to fine tune his accuracy and footwork. Unless Schaub falls apart, Carr will get the opportunity to wait and develop to be the Raiders quarterback of the future.
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