The Cleveland Browns have skipped over all of the pro days of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft so far. This left many to scratch their heads, as the Browns are certain to be selecting at least one in the upcoming NFL draft. The reason they have skipped them all is because they plan on bringing them to Berea for private workouts and interviews. First up on that list is former Fresno State quarterback, Derrick Carr.
Many analysts have been either hot or cold with Derrick Carr. Carr has a decent body frame for the NFL standing 6’2” and weighing 214 pounds. He ran the 40-meter dash in 4.69 seconds at the NFL Combine. He also has a very strong arm that could translate into the next level. Carr had an amazing career at Fresno including over 12,000 passing yards in three seasons as the starter. He also threw for 111 touchdowns with only 23 interceptions. Carr sounds like the perfect candidate as an NFL quarterback, except for a few things.
First, Carr played in the Mountain West Conference with below average teams including New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada, UNLV, and Idaho. None of these teams were in the top 25 AP poll or Coaches poll. Second, Carr played in a “pass-happy” offense that bulked up his stats. He has only really had to play shotgun in college and would need to learn how to play under center before becoming an NFL starter. Last, Carr has made some terrible throws on the big stage. Carr performed terribly in the Las Vegas Bowl against the USC Trojans losing 45-20.
This also isn’t the first Carr that NFL teams would take a chance on. Derrick’s older brother David was the #1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. After 5 seasons with the Texans, David has bounced around the NFL, only playing in 18 games in the past 5 seasons. David also went to Fresno State and had bulked up numbers as well.
It doesn’t hurt the Browns to have him come in and workout. The Browns are able to get a more up close up look at him and be able to evaluate him better. The Browns have to figure out which quarterback they want and where to select him. Most analysts will say that Carr is not worth a top ten pick, but closer to the end of round one. Others have said that if the Browns want him, they will have to take him early because he may not be there for the Browns at the 26th pick. Ray Farmer has a tough decision in May, but today he just has to watch.