The Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr with the 36th pick in the NFL Draft. Carr was drafted for the future which makes this an even better pick. The Raiders acquired Matt Schaub this offseason for their 6th round pick in this years draft. This means Carr will likely sit out his first couple years and learn while Schaub gives the Raiders a veteran quarterback who has had success in the NFL.
In 2014, the Raiders were limited in what plays were called in the passing game. Terrelle Pryor had a strong arm, but his strength was his running ability and definitely not his ability to pass. McGloin improved the passing game when he became the starter, but he isn’t the long term answer.
Carr has a big arm and the ability to make every throw needed to succeed in the NFL. He reminds me a lot of fellow California native, Aaron Rogers. Carr is able to make every throw on the field. He has a very strong arm and a quick release. The Raiders got a quarterback that understands how to get rid of the ball early. He throws with great touch and can fire the ball into tight windows when the situation calls for it.
Carr is a pure pocket passer, but his athletic ability is often overlooked. He knows how to make plays outside the pocket. He knows how to shuffle around, navigating within the pocket to extend the play. Oakland didn’t have a quarterback that could do that last year consistently. McGloin would occasionally scramble but struggle to find a receiver once the pocket integrity was compromised.
Carr can scramble for first downs when needed, but he’ll move within and outside the pocket with his head down field looking to throw. He also gets the ball out of his hands quickly which will be key for him and the Raiders offense.
Carr will sit behind Schaub and work on his game on and off the field. Similar to Aaron Rogers in Green Bay behind Brett Favre. He’s a good quarterback, but does need to fine tune some of his mechanics. A full season or two to learn and understand the offense is ideal for him. I truly believe that the Raiders found their quarterback of the future.