Derek Carr has his next challenge: Make the Raiders
' offense relevant. (Gregory Bull/AP)
It's not a surprise that the Raiders selected Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick -- there was some noise that team owner Mark Davis actually wanted Carr in the first round, but he was fortunately dissuaded. In the early second round, the pick makes far more sense -- Carr is a big enough (6-2, 214) quarterback with a plus arm, decent mobility, and numbers that set the Mountain Wets conference afire. He'll have to learn to play under center and avoid rushing his throws under pressure, but it's easily arguable that Carr was the best quarterback left in this class, and the Raiders are in desperate need of a signal-caller that they can develop over time.
Carr, the younger brother of NFL quarterback and 2002 first overall pick David, led the nation with 454 completions 5,083 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. Some will say that his stats were padded in a popgun offense, but he has enough of a deep arm to mitigate any concerns. Carr can sit behind veteran stopgap Matt Schaub and learn, with the potential to become the first young Raiders quarterback to be taken seriously in a very, very long time.