Meet the Rookies: Raiders QB Derek Carr

Meet the Rookies: Raiders QB Derek Carr
July 19, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Derek Carr will compete with Matt Schaub for the Raiders starting quarterback spot. (AP)

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After the 2013 season, general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear the Raiders needed a veteran quarterback. Maybe a young one, too. McKenzie acquired both. He traded for veteran Matt Schaub and selected Fresno State’s Derek Carr at No. 36 overall in the NFL draft.

College career: Carr had a very strong career at Fresno State. He had 5,082 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in the 2013 season. He was the fourth quarterback to reach 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in FBS history. 

Scouting report: Carr was the top quarterback on the Raiders’ draft board. Experts love Carr’s strong arm and leadership skills. He's an athletic passer with a quick release and solid decision-making skills. He struggled against better competition. He generally operated out of the shotgun and has little experience under center in a standard pro-style offense. 

How he fits: Carr is expected to sit back and develop behind veteran starter Matt Schaub. He’s slated to be the quarterback of the future.