While NFL Draft analysts try to decipher which of the top three quarterbacks will go where in the 2014 NFL Draft, most cast Derek Carr to the side as a potential late 1st round or early 2nd round pick.
Carr has put up statistics to rival any other quarterback in this draft, but because his brother was such a disappointment as the first overall selection by the expansion Texans, Derek Carr projections have been conservative.
According to Mary Cay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer the Browns might surprise many people with their 4th overall selection.
While the Big Three quarterbacks — Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles — are grabbing all of the attention, Carr is quietly gaining steam as a possible top-five pick. In fact, the Browns are strongly considering him at No. 4 and the Raiders are reportedly crushing on him at No. 5. In fact, some scouts have him ranked ahead of those in the popular trio.
Some had thought that Carr could be an option for the Browns with their second 1st round pick (26th overall), however, if the Browns are that high on Carr and in need of a quarterback, why not pull the trigger early to secure your guy?
If Carr goes to either the Browns (4th) or Raiders (5th), that would only mean that another great player could fall to the Buccaneers with the 7th overall pick.
It seems as though Manziel’s “sideshow” might be too risky for teams in the top 5 to select him. Bortles and Bridgewater also have enough concerns for teams in the top 5 to shy away from them.
Derek Carr might be the brother of David Carr, but David was the 1st pick by the expansion Texans who never put anything around him. David Carr also never had any semblance of an offensive line while with the Texans, which some think ruined his career.
Derek Carr has the arm strength, the accuracy, and the mobility to be a successful NFL quarterback. Unlike his brother, Derek is a fiery leader who plays with charisma, while his brother was the quiet type.
This draft could shape out to be one of the most entertaining drafts in history from start to finish.
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