Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals Draft Profile: Derek Carr

Looking ahead to the NFL draft next week, one of the names that comes up from time to time for the Arizona Cardinals is Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.  The quarterback position is not necessarily a need for the Cardinals now but will be in the near future.  Will he be available for the Cards at number 20?  We will find out on Thursday evening.  Draft time is 5pm Arizona time

Carr has been linked to the Cards most notably by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.  As far as I’m concerned though, he’s just guessing as much as we are.  Yes he is armed with information but doesn’t necessarily have the best evaluating skills.  You ask anyone and they’ll tell you Carr would fit the Cards but at number 20 when you already have Carson Palmer for at least the next year and maybe two years is hard for me to fathom.

Carr is in a lot of experts top five quarterbacks available in this year’s draft.  Many have him as the best quarterback prospect.  He has a strong arm and doesn’t commit a lot of turnovers. He has great down field vision.  This is something a lot of current young quarterbacks lack.  He is athletic and does a great job of reading defenses.

The biggest knocks on Carr is he tends to rush his throws when blitzed.  He also for some reason has a hard time getting up for the better opponents.  This is why some doubt whether Carr is a worthy top-20 pick in the draft.  If you are drafting a quarterback in the first round, you think he can start in the league now.  For a guy who has a tough time against better quality opponents and can get flustered easily, I’m sure that has left many wary.  There is no doubt he will find a job and quick in the NFL.  I’m not sure though he’s right for the Cards at number 20.  If he is still around in the second round, which I highly doubt, then I would snatch him in a heart beat.  I might even trade up to grab him if the second rounds starts and he’s still there.

On a scale of one to 10 with the probability highest at 10, I’d give the Cards a five they take Carr with the 20th pick of the draft.


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  • 5150dogfan

    Hi Scott,
    Im still trying to understand where you get that Carr has a problem getting up for tough competition???
    If all someone watched was the USC game then I could understand a little, but you expect them to do some research and they would find Carr was playing with a partially seperated shoulder in that game, Schramm allowed the O to only run 6 yes 6 rushing plays the entire game thus allowing the #13 D (also a higher ranked pass D then Bridgewater faced all 2013) to pin thier ears back and focus on the QB……
    Yet Carr, with a injured shoulder, still finds away to take a overmatched Fresno team and score more points against the #13 D in the nation then 9 other teams did (many PAC 12 talent level teams) all season….
    Id say when to put the entire picture out there Carr really did a hell of a job considering……
    BTW-The game before Carr and Co, found away to get up and beat the #12 ranked D in the nation which also offers a higher ranked pass D then any team Bridgewater saw, and better then all but 1 Bortles saw all 2013…….
    Bottom line is you have to tell the entire story, do some research………..Look at the SMU game in 2012, most say Carr didnt handle the pressure well, but a little research will tell you what happened to the Fresno State O line prior to that game and that even Patton Manning would have had a long day in that one…….
    But I’ll leave the research on that game to you……..
    Bottom line is that Carr doesnt have a problem getting up for competition that I have seen, and he certainly handles pressure as well or better then any QB in the draft……..
    You show me a QB who truely cant play well under pressure and I’ll show you a QB who has a ton of INT’s and sacks against comparable competition…….Carrs has a GREAT INT to TD ratio and very few sacks, must be doing something right………50tds / 8 INTs……(Playing only 3 QTRS in many games)…..

    • Scott Allen

      Thanks for the well thought out response! I’ve just read it seems to be the knock on him. It’s not just my own opinion. It wasn’t a huge deal breaker for me. Maybe that all doesn’t translate to the NFL. He is a great pure passer. I did mention his strength in not turning the ball over. I’d be fine w/ the Cards taking him – just not sure they need to take a QB that high in this draft.