Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks towards the crowd after the Bulldogs defeated the Utah State Aggies 24-17 at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr will work out with Mike Sullivan after Jeff Tedford


Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr was one of a few top prospects at the position that elected not to throw at the Combine, as he went the route his older brother David did when he was a draft prospect. The younger Carr is a likely first-round pick, but he could slip into the second round if a team like the Minnesota Vikings feels that they can get him later on. It’s going to be interesting to see where Carr goes, because he could be ranked anywhere between second and fourth by NFL teams.

Carr is busy working out with coaches and trying to up his stock before his pro day, as that’s when he will throw in front of scouts in the pre-draft process. FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo reports that the strong-armed QB will work out with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator and New York Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan before his pro day, and it’s a wise decision for Carr to work out with a QB guru of Sullivan’s caliber.

It also looks like there’s a potential link between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carr, as Garafolo also reports that the Fresno State product worked out with current Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford, who is another touted QB guru. These two links to the Buccaneers organization are worth watching for, as they have the seventh pick in the draft and might not be sold on Mike Glennon as “the guy”. Although they aren’t expected to draft a quarterback this year, the fact that they could have interest in Carr is worth noting.


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  • JOHN SCHMIDT

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs DID draft a QB this year, just not in the 1st rnd (though anything is possible). Like Carr, Garoppolo (the horror), McCarron in 2nd-3rd and Smith, Savage, Boyd and Mathews in 4th-7th. Would be a nice competition between Glennon, Kafka, vet signed in FA and whoever’s picked in the draft. Obviously rankings can change, as most people in January last year had Geno Smith going #1 and had never even heard of Eric Fisher. A big factor in who the Bucs sign/draft that I think gets really overlooked is football IQ. Tedford’s system is said to place a lot of responsibility on the QB as far as reads/line-checks and can be more complex than most NFL systems out there. Have to have a QB that can pick it up quickly and have it become 2nd nature. Kafka’s a NW grad (and had an offer from Stanford), so assume that factored into their decision to bring him in. I’m sure Glennon’s 4-yr Master’s is a plus for him as well.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I think the Bucs should draft one of those second-tier QBs and then sign a veteran backup (preferably McCown) this offseason. I wouldn’t mind them signing Kafka either, so I really like the plan you’ve outlined at QB. Which second-tier QB jumps out at you the most? I would personally like to see the Bucs- or any other team- take Aaron Murray.

      • JOHN SCHMIDT

        My reply’s above. My bad Joe.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          No need to apologize haha. That would be a nice group of QBs to walk into camp with, as T-Jax isn’t nearly as bad as some people think, especially if the Bucs are going to pick up a guy like Murray in the draft. Brett Smith has always been a sleeper on my watch list, but I’ve never had an easy time getting a good feel for him as a prospect.

          • JOHN SCHMIDT

            That seems to be a common thought on Smith, as guys like Dustin Vaughan and Bryn Renner were invited to the Combine over him, Think he’ll get a little more press/eval once his pro day’s here.

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            He certainly will, especially since more of the bigger draft analysts are starting to tweet about him.

  • JOHN SCHMIDT

    I like Murray as well, especially if he’s fully healed. Think he and Brett Smith especially will rise a bit in the rankings if they have solid pro-days, since no one got to see them throw at the combine/outta sight-outta mind. Unless the Bucs are able to swing a trade to grab an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick, I don’t think Murray lasts until the 4th. How about Glennon. Kafka, Tavaris Jackson and Murray as your QB’s in camp? Think that would be a solid competition? And let’s throw in Josh Freeman too (just kidding).