QB DEREK CARR, FRESNO ST.

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6’3” – 218 lbs. – 4.60e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 112 yards (71.4%, 8.0), 0 TD, 0 INT
2010: Redshirt
2011: 3,544 yards (62.6%, 7.9), 26 TD, 9 INT
2012: 4,104 yards (67.3%, 8.0), 37 TD, 7 INT

OVERVIEW:

Contributed in a limited capacity as a true freshman in 2009, then redshirted the following season. Took over Fresno State’s starting role in 2011, earning second-team All-WAC honors. Was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the year in 2012 in addition to his first-team All-MWC nomination.

STRENGTHS:

•    Will graduate with three years of starting experience, escalating output.
•    Possesses adequate height and weight for a pro quarterback prospect.
•    Quality bloodlines; brother of former first overall pick David Carr.
•    Intelligent player who has received numerous academic accolades.
•    Typically does a good job of getting the ball out fast; quick release.
•    Throws a pretty ball; gets good velocity and maintains a tight spiral.
•    Generally does a good job of protecting the ball, avoiding turnovers.
•    Overall ball placement is above-average, high-percentage passer.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Much of his production comes via throwing screens and short passes.
•    Level of competition is sub-par in comparison to other top prospects.
•    Hasn’t harnessed his athletic ability to consistently challenge defenses.
•    Many of his throws follow pre-determined reads, stares down targets.
•    Will try to force some throws into windows which simply don’t exist.
•    Throwing motion is a little bit quirky, has a fairly low release point.

SUMMARY:

Certainly in possession of all of the physical tools associated with starting quarterbacks – size, intelligence, athletic ability, arm strength, accuracy – Carr cannot quite be considered equal to the sum of his parts. He has accumulated much of his production by throwing screens and other short passes following predetermined reads. His intelligence doesn’t always translate into making good decisions with the ball when forced to work through his progressions, and he hasn’t developed into much of a rushing threat despite his speed. A developmental backup with starting potential whose scheme makes him somewhat difficult to evaluate. RD 2-3

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