Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Weight: 215 lbs.
40 Time: 4.68
Class: Redshirt SR
- He is a very motivated individual that will push others that achieve their potential. He makes players around him better.
- He has an extremely quick delivery and gets the ball to his target quickly. In an offense that utilizes receiver screen passes, he got the ball to their guys in a blink.
- He has improved dramatically in terms of accuracy (jumped up 3% from last season).
- He reads the field well (before the play) and will make adjustments.
- When his mechanics are good, he's one of the best deep ball passes in the country and gets great elevation on the ball.
- He gets into position quickly off the snap and can fire the ball off almost immediately.
- He can make every throw and is very impressive when it comes to throws to the outside (deep outs, corners, etc).
- He knows how to command his offense.
- He sets up in his base quickly off the snap.
- He throws off his back foot way too often and in turn, cannot get enough zip on the ball.
- He takes a lot of big risks (although his passes are rarely intercepted) and on certain plays, will not go through his progressions.
- He does not have great pocket mobility and cannot extend plays.
- He's a little on the thin side and will have to bulk up in the NFL. He took a lot of hits in college, some of which looked pretty scary.
- His mechanics affect his deep ball passing ability. Bad mechanics (sloppy footwork, weird release) = terrible deep ball passing.
- He does not anticipate things well and has gotten in some trouble at times.
- Played with sports hernia injury that required surgery.
- Has not missed a game in his career.
- His offense utilizes a lot of screen and short passes, which could inflate his stats.
- Always claps before he snaps the ball, which is something to watch going forward.
- He is the brother of David Carr, who was selected 1st overall in 2002, and later became a bust.
Carr is a talented player that will get a lot of attention come draft time. He will most likely fight it out with Johnny Manziel for the #2 quarterback spot in the draft, and wlll be a first round pick. He's a talented, unorthodox quarterback that can make some noise at the next level. He just needs to fix some mechanical issues and must make smarter decisions, and he'll be ok.
Carr had a nice Senior bowl performance, where he showed great efficiency and a great arm, throwing 50+ yards down the field on a flea flicker. He helped his stock a lot with that performance and established himself as a probable first round pick.
NFL Comparison: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Like Stafford, Carr makes a lot of throws from his back foot and from different bases. He's unorthodox and has a few different types of throwing motions. They have almost identical release times and can make all the throws.