Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Derek Carr


NFL Spin Zone, the NFL hub of the FanSided network, has gotten into the act with their first mock draft of the season (such restraint, waiting all the way to February). Like most observers, the Spin Zone guys have the Vikings going QB with the #8 overall pick:

The Minnesota Vikings are left with the last of the “big four” quarterbacks, but Derek Carr is just about as good as Manziel and isn’t far off from Blake Bortles either. I kind of hate how Carr gets lumped into the back of the bus, as if it’s a bad thing that he’s picked behind those guys. Carr has a cannon of an arm, and he reminds me of a cross between Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford. He has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback, and I actually think he’s better than Manziel. This guy is also more polished than Manziel, and he makes perfect sense for the Vikings here. They desperately need a quarterback, and hopefully Norv Turner can help mold Carr into a franchise passer.

The Cutler/Stafford comparison has come up a lot with Carr and it’s not necessarily meant as flattery. Those QBs sometimes get out-of-whack with footwork and that happens with Carr as well. There is concern that Carr’s big arm might make him a little too confident out there, like Stafford, leading to occasional lapses of judgment.

If you like that kind of QB, you call him a Gunslinger. If you don’t like that kind of QB, you call him an idiot.

One thing I don’t get is people comparing Carr to Christian Ponder. Carr’s scouting reports paint a picture of a guy who is the opposite of Ponder, especially in terms of arm strength.

I guess when you hate a QB the easy insult is to call him Ponder 2.0, even if the analogy doesn’t make any sense based on talent. It’s like calling someone Hitler when you disagree with them. You’re not really making an intelligent point, you’re just throwing out insults.

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  • 5150dogfan

    Dan, great write up! I have been asking many what is it that makes Bortles, Bridgewater, or Manziel so much better if at all then Carr. I usually get the uninformed same old answers of people listening to the talking heads whom haven’t even taken then time to really look at this kid on film……
    Carr would be a great pic up for the Vikes, but to be perfectly honest if he thorws at the combine he may not be there at #8…..The Jags staff was very impressed with Carr, one of the coaches has known Derek since he was 10 years old. The Raiders have ties to the Central Valley and Tampa just hired ex-Fresno State QB and then Coach, and Cal Coach Jeff Tedford (Who was also Davids Coach at Fresno State) and like extended family to Derek……
    I have watched all of the top 4 QB’s in this years draft, have seen what Carr has done to the same team that BW faced (BW’s stats arnt even close to Carrs against the same competition), then realize that Carr had NO rushing attack to assist him unlike the other 3, thus Carr was throwing into D’s schemeing to stop the pass (ah, might be the reason for Carr throwing a lot of quick short stuff) and I also know contrary to what is being pushed, the only QB to see higher rated passing D’s was Bortles………
    Bottom line is as much as I would love to see Carr with the Vikes, if he throws at the combine I doubt he will be available at #8, he will absolutly shine in all areas including the interviews….
    To the trained eye that really knows the Fresno program, the USC game issues were more about Schramm only calling 6 rushing plays all game which allowed USC to pin thier ears back and go after Carr then is was about Carr having issues, I dont care who you are if a good D can key on the QB all game he is going to throw pic’s and lose games……See Payton Manning/Denver against Seattle for example if needed…..Paytons footwork didn’t look to good did it….LOL….Got to have a rushing attack and a half decent line or even the best QB will struggle…..
    On a final note, for those that question his mobility, heres a fact for ya Carr is the fastest QB to EVER play at Fresno State……