Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
At 6'2, 214, Carr is an average sized quarterback with good vision and decent mobility, running the 40 in just 4.69 seconds. Despite feeling nauseous, and getting an IV from trainers before his pro day, Carr threw exceptionally well, and may have increased his draft stock by doing so. After leading the nation in yards, with 5,082, and touchdowns, 50, Carr won the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year award, for the second season in a row.
Carr has a big arm, with comparisons to Matthew Stafford. He has also shown an ability to quickly pick up new offenses, working first in a pro-style offense under former head coach Pat Hill, while he moved to a spread offense under Tim DeRutyer. Carr's big arm should be helpful to the Cardinals, with star wideout Larry FItzgerald and unheralded Michael Floyd in the mix. A revamped Cards offensive line should give him enough time to make most throws, especially with his underrated ability to move in the pocket.
Carr gives the Cardinals a young QB to turn to should veteran Carson Palmer falter. Carr will get to learn a lot under the former USC quarterback, who has also played in Cincinnati and Oakland. Carr also has pedigree- older brother David was the Texans first ever draft pick. The scouting reports for the brothers read very similarly- explosive arm, highly accurate, good mobility, cracks under pressure. It's that last point that will scare teams away, but given a good enough offensive line (unlike the one David was exposed to in Houston), and Derek Carr will be looked at as one of the best picks in the 2014 draft.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
|2||St. Louis Rams||DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina||Kevin Sean Held||57%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M||Alex Swift||59%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson||Shadow Flash||80%|
|5||Oakland Raiders||LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo||Khannar||71%|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||OT Greg Robinson - Auburn||Dave Choate||80%|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Blake Bortles - UCF||russty||31%|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St.||JackMarzullo||50%|
|9||Buffalo Bills||OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M||Letloosethedogsofwar||88%|
|10||Detroit Lions||WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M||Monkey Poop Battle||49%|
|11||Tennessee Titans||LB Anthony Barr - UCLA||Lostastic||60%|
|12||NY Giants||TE Eric Ebron - UNC||Khannar||78%|
|13||St. Louis Rams||S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama||hooahsaint2.0||74%|
|14||Chicago Bears||NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh||BlackandGold4ever||82%|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame||saintmanumit||36%|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||DE Kony Ealy - Missouri||Ryan Edwards||63%|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan||Tee Word|
|18||NY Jets||CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State||Monkey Poop Battle|
|19||Miami Dolphins||OL Zack Martin - Notre Dame||Letloosethedogsofwar|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||QB Derek Carr - Fresno State||Alex Swift|
|21||Green Bay Packers||BlackandGold4ever|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||coldpizza|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Lostastic|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Shadow Flash|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Ryan Edwards|
|29||New England Patriots||Shadow Flash|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||saintmanumit|
|31||Denver Broncos||Alex Swift|