The Oakland Raiders went into the 2014 NFL Draft knowing they needed to find themselves a quarterback of the future. They did just that when they selected Fresno State signal-caller Derek Carr with the No. 36 overall pick.
It was rumored prior to the draft that Raiders owner Mark Davis would pressure the team into using its first-round pick on Carr. Instead of being forced to reach, though, Oakland watched the Fresno State standout fall into their laps at the top of second round. So not only did they get a huge steal in form of Khalil Mack, but they also landed the quarterback they wanted from the get-go.
Leading up to the draft, Carr was considered one of the safest quarterbacks of the 2014 draft class. Although he doesn’t exactly possess star potential, his well-rounded mix of accuracy, arm strength and athleticism make him a viable starting option in the near future.
Unfortunately, his poor pocket presence and tendency to panic when the pocket crumbles could force the Raiders to take their time with Carr. Especially considering the way the NFL career of his older brother David went, there’s plenty of reason to take it slow. His performance against USC in the Las Vegas Bowl certainly didn’t help, either.
Still, he’s a promising quarterback prospect who could easily develop his skills to become a long-term starter for the Raiders. If they can be patient and give him the proper coaching until he learns to use his natural tools, Carr will be a quality starter in no time.
Look for Matt Schaub to start in the meantime while the Raiders bring Carr along. If he can develop quickly, though, look for him to get a few starts before the 2014 campaign is over.
Nice pick for the Raiders, who waited and still got the quarterback they wanted.