Fresno State Bulldogs product Derek Carr is the best quarterback left in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he’s the last of the “big four” QBs left on the board. Thanks to his howitzer of an arm and solid athletic ability, Carr probably has the best physical tools of any quarterback in this year’s class, and he’s pretty darn coachable. Although his video game-like statistics were a product of the spread offense, his low completion percentage under pressure was also a product of an offense that didn’t take full advantage of his skill-set and was meant to minimize turnovers and mistakes by his receivers, who, with the exception of projected second-round pick Davante Adams, weren’t really that good.
Carr is squarely in play for a few QB-needy teams in the draft, and while it’s possible for the Houston Texans to go after him, it’s far more likely for the Oakland Raiders to pull him at 36- or higher.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports, via Rotoworld, that the Raiders could trade with the Texans in order to secure the 33rd pick in the draft and Derek Carr. The Texans have shown major interest in trading down, while the Raiders have been heavily linked to Carr, who would be a great fit for the Raiders. Matt Schaub is the short-term starter, but the Raiders could use the talented Carr as their long-term starter, and he would certainly benefit from having some time to develop behind the team’s current starter.