There are arguably four quarterbacks that are good enough to be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. If you ask one draft scout, you can cut that number down to three.
Per Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is “more of a second-round” type of passer. Blessed with great size, athleticism and a cannon arm, Carr’s stock could take a hit due to his suspect accuracy and shaky pocket presence. Like most young quarterbacks, Carr isn’t the best under duress and also didn’t face a lot of top-level competition.
While Jeremiah doesn’t view Carr as a first round quarterback in this year’s draft, he did admit that there are three legit first rounders – Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.
At the moment, the Houston Texans own the number one overall pick in this year’s draft and there have been whispers that they are interested mainly in selecting a signal caller. If that stands true, either Manziel or Bortles are the favorites to be their top choice.
Even though Jeremiah and other draft scouts may not view Carr as a first round type of player, that still doesn’t mean he won’t be taken in the first. Many draft experts have compared this year’s quarterback class to the 2010 class, one in which saw many teams arguably reaching for talent under center, even though the passing prospects weren’t actually elite.
The Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams both hold two first round draft choices this year, and even though the Rams have Sam Bradford in place, either team could consider taking a passer with their second pick (if they don’t already do so with their first). If that ends up being the case, Carr would be in play, if not at the top of the list.