2014 NFL Draft Profile: Derek Carr, QB Fresno State


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

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is one of the few big name quarterbacks in this year’s draft to play four years of college football.  But things get leveled out when you realize that Carr didn’t see the field much at all during his freshman year.

Despite that, Carr boasts some very impressive statistics during his time at Fresno State.  The team’s ability to pass the ball with ease was a highlight of their offense.  Some folks say that this was essentially “padding” Carr’s stats, but it really is just more opportunities to watch and evaluate him.

His combination of arm strength and accuracy will make him appealing to many teams in need of a quarterback.  However, his difficulty with making reads and his lack of familiarity with a pro style offense could be a major turnoff to many squads.  Carr would need to go to a team with a “quarterback guru” that can help him mature and develop as a quarterback.  He has all the physical tools necessary to succeed, just needs some guidance to be a success.

Here are his statistics over 4 years at Fresno State:

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field after throwing a touchdown pass to South squad tight end Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State (not pictured) against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

1087 pass completions

1630 pass attempts

12,843 passing yards

113 passing touchdowns

24 interceptions

164 rushes

190 rushing yards

5 rushing touchdowns


  •  Huge throwing arm
  • Elusive in the pocket
  • Excellent with pre-snap reads
  • Keeps eyes downfield when scrambling


  •  Must adjust to a pro style offense
  • Struggles to go through progressions
  • Played poorly against higher levels of competition

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota is desperate to find their quarterback of the future.  Or at least the quarterback of the now to compete with Ponder and a veteran in camp.

My Take

Carr is a good quarterback. but not an excellent quarterback.  Despite that, he is my second favorite passer in this year’s draft, behind only Bridgewater. The Vikings still can’t really consider taking him at #8 overall, but may take a look at him if the team can trade down in the draft to get more picks.