NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Fresno State QB Derek Carr
|05.08.14 at 9:35 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: Fresno State
Weight: 214 pounds
Achievements: 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, 2013 third-team All-American (CBSSports.com, Phil Steele), 2013 Sammy Baugh Award (nation’s top passer), 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year, 2012 honorable mention All-American (Sports Illustrated)
What he brings: Carr has a gunslinger mentality with an ability to fire the ball with relative ease all over the field. He has impressed scouts with his ability to read coverage and his athleticism. However, Carr lacks the ideal height for an NFL QB and has small hands. Analysts have also pointed out that his impressive stats have been padded by playing in a Mountain West Conference that has some of the worst defenses in all of college football.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2
Notes: Carr had one of the most impressive seasons for a quarterback in 2013, throwing for 5,082 yards with 50 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions. He became just the fourth QB in FBS history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. … Carr’s 113-to-24 career touchdown-to-interception ratio stands as the second-highest in FBS history. … At the NFL combine Carr posted a 4.69 at the 40-yard dash and a 34.5 in the vertical jump (second among all QBs). … His brother, David Carr, also was a standout QB at Fresno State and was the first pick in 2002 NFL draft by the Texans.
NBCSports.com: Derek Carr says teams tell him they’d like to pick him in the 20s
ESPN: Sins of the brother
Video: Here is a video of Derek Carr’s performance against Nevada in 2013.