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QB Derek Carr – Scouting Report

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Derek Carr “Radioactive” 2013 Highlights ᴴᴰ

Name:  Derek Carr

School / Player Number:  Fresno State, #4

Position:  QB

Ht:  6’2

Wt:  215lbs

Position Rank:  2

Overall Rank:

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Solid Starter

High School Career

High School –  Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA.

Accomplishments – Private School National Player of the Year; Finalist for Mr. Football in the state of California; Led Bakersfield Christian to a 12-1 record and the Division V Central Section title.

Statistics – Senior – Passed for over 4,000 yards and 46 touchdowns breaking 20 school records.  Carr only threw nine interceptions and also rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns as well.  Completed 68% of his aerials on the season.

Junior/Sophomore – Clements High School, Sugarland, TX threw for 2,868 yards and 28 TDs.

Rankings – Rivals #29 QB, 3 star; Scout #16 QB, 4 star; ESPNU #30, 3 star; 247sports #14 pro style QB, 4 stars

Notable Scholarship Offers – Cal, Utah, Fresno State

Comments – Carr was highly regarded and recruited heavily coming out of the prep ranks but most assumed he would follow in his brothers foot steps and head to Fresno State.  Moved from the Houston area to Bakersfield prior to his senior year in high school and committed to Fresno State in December 2008.

Collegiate Career

2009 – Derek saw minimal action as a true freshman completing 10 out of 14 aerials for 112 yards in a backup capacity.

2010 – Redshirted.  Saw no game action.

2011 – Took over as starting QB and was named Team Captain entering into the season.  Carr lived up to the hype by throwing for a Fresno State record 279 completions for 3,544 yards and 28 touchdowns.  It was this season that put Derek on the map as one of the top quarterbacks not only out west but in the entire country.  Earned 2nd Team All-WAC honors for his play.

2012 – Carr took his game to another level as a 4th year junior earning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year honors.  Unanimous 1st Team All-MWC selection after throwing for 37 touchdowns and 4,104 yards.  Carr threw only seven interceptions on the season.  Enjoyed four 400 yard passing games and became only the second Fresno State quarterback to have consecutive 3,000 yard seasons.

2013 – Enjoyed stellar senior season in which he eclipsed numerous collegiate records.   Carr completed 68.7% of his passes for 5,082 yards and 50 TDs with only eight interceptions.  He also rushed for 117 yards and two additional TDs, giving him 52 total TDs for the season.  Derek finished his career with 25 Fresno State school records and 21 conference records.  Finished his career at Fresno State with 114 TD passes and only 24 interceptions.  Named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year while also being named to numerous All-American teams.  Finalist for Unitas, Maxwell and O’Brien Awards while winning the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation’s top passer. 

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Possesses slightly average size for an NFL QB; Good bulk and body is well built; Is better athlete than you think and ran well at combine (4.69).
Arm Strength: Has NFL arm, can make all throws; Good velocity and has ability to throw ball deep despite concerns due to offense; Displayed arm strength at pro day.
Accuracy – Short: Very accurate in short-intermediate range; Hits receivers in stride and places ball in tight windows consistently.
Accuracy – Long: Inconsistent on deep ball; College offense did not go vertical consistently; This is primary area of concern but has proven to be accurate in short-intermediate and has arm strength for vertical attack.
Mobility: Moves well, has very good feet; Very good athlete and can get you yards on the ground, if need be.
Throw on the Run: Can extend plays out of pocket; Throws well on the run, displaying accuracy and good velocity.
Reading Defenses: Mastered his college offense but not in pro style attack; Understands how to read defenses but will need to adjust to pro style vertical game; Will need work on patience, identifying defensive keys and reading thru progressions.
Technique: Operated out of shotgun primarily in college; Has shown ability to get under center; Overall mechanics are solid but will need work on drop and footwork.
Release: Very quick release; Nice, smooth, effortless delivery; Keeps ball up high and has good delivery point.
Decision Making: Poised, very confident; Will tend to force ball at times but generally makes good decisions.
Leadership/Competitiveness: Tremendous leader; More vocal than brother David; Maturity and leadership are pluses; Very competitive; Impressed at pro day despite sick on IV earlier morning; Football junkie. 3x captain FSU.
Durability: Started every game the past three seasons, missing no time to injury.
2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

4.69

9 1/8’’

34 ½’’

9’2

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

4.20

31 ½’’

DNP

DNP

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

 DNP

 9 1/8’’

 DNP

DNP

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

 31 ½’’

DNP

DNP

Summary:

Carr has just about everything you look for in a young quarterback other than ideal size and a pro style attack background.  Though he is not the biggest QB his size is fine at 6’2 215lbs.  He has been a highly productive, passing QB with the intelligence, passion, leadership and commitment needed for success at the next level.  Carr mastered the Fresno State offense and really operated like a coach on the field in 2013.  He has a strong arm, has proven to be very accurate and has a good understanding of the position.  Carr is often compared to his older brother David who was the #1 overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft.  Many have called his brother a “bust” and thus express concern regarding Derek, which is complete non-sense in my opinion.  David started for five years for an expansion team and threw for over 14,000 yards and 65 TDs in his 11-year career.  Now he may not have lived up the #1 overall selection hype but those are not the stats of a bust nor should that be given any consideration when evaluating Derek.  There is also concern over his performance vs USC in their bowl game, which he did not perform well.  However when evaluating the entire resume there is a lot to like and very few red flags.  My primary concern is transferring his skill set from the offensive scheme he played in at Fresno to the NFL game with more of a vertical attack.  Carr has the arm to excel in any offense but there are some questions about his vertical accuracy.  He looked good at his pro day, looking very sharp and earning high praise.  This kid has checked off every box in this process and is a solid first round selection.  Is he a guarantee?  I’m not ready to go quite that far as there is always risk involved however I do feel he is one of the top 2 or 3 QBs in this draft and worthy of a first round selection.