5 Reasons Why Derek Carr Should Be Top QB Chosen
Opinions on quarterbacks are often wide and varied when it comes to projecting players from college to the pros, but one player receiving undue scrutiny is Derek Carr. This kid has a multitude of factors that say he is the top QB in this entire draft class, yet by most analysts he is ranked fourth in the signal-caller hierarchy. Here are five reasons why the consensus is way off and Carr should be the top QB taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.
In three fewer games last season than Peyton Manning played, Derek Carr accumulated three more completions. Sure that number is inflated due to the offense he played in and competition, but guess what also mirrors Manning’s record-setting 2013: his completion percentage. Carr completed 68.7 percent of his throws while Manning connected on 68.3 percent. Obviously he’s not Peyton just yet, but the stats show he has that kind of potential.
You don’t rack up 12,842 yards, 113 touchdowns and just 24 interceptions without plenty of repetitions. Carr’s career produced prolific numbers which built invaluable experience for the senior QB, and that’s something Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or even Teddy Bridgewater can’t boast. If a team wants leadership and a player with a calm, cool demeanor, Carr has to be at the top of the heap.
This could be taken in a negative way, but there’s no reason to hate on a player whose brother was the No. 1 overall pick once upon a time. Though David Carr never panned out in the league, Derek is far different from his kin. The only thing he shares with his brother is his alma mater and his last name, because Derek has a far more advanced set of skills coming into the league which will yield far better results in the end.
What is underrated by many looking at Carr is the fact that he arguably has the strongest arm in this QB class and clearly demonstrates superior accuracy through his stats. Carr puts zip on his passes to complete throws from the opposite hash to guys outside of the numbers which is rarely seen from college prospects. Drool over Johnny Football all you want; Derek Carr has the far better array of intangibles coming into the NFL.
Many tout Teddy Bridgewater as the most pro-ready prospect in this class, but I respectfully disagree. Even though he operated primarily out of the shotgun, Carr has an ability to read coverages that is advanced far beyond that of his peers. His film study tactics instilled by working with his brother will have him ready to come into the league and succeed from day one. Doubt on him all you want, but Derek Carr will be an NFL success story soon.