By Bryan Rose
May 15, 2014

Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr was one of smartest QBs interviewed ahead of 2014 NFL draft Derek Carr (top) is expected to serve as a backup to Matt Schaub in Oakland. (Gregory Bull/AP)

The Oakland Raiders interest in former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr wasn't exactly hidden.

We heard rumors suggesting that Oakland was heavily interested in Carr prior to the 2014 NFL draft and were even contemplating selecting him with the No. 5 pick.

They of course didn't, opting to select Khalil Mack (who they did not expect to be available), figuring that Carr would be off the board by the time their second round draft pick came around.

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Shockingly Carr was still on the board, allowing the Raiders to draft the quarterback with the No. 36 pick in the second round.

It was a match made in heaven for Oakland as head coach Dennis Allen recently stated that Carr was "one of the smartest quarterbacks" that he "had an opportunity to interview."

Allen's praise didn't stop there as he continued to build up the rookie signal-caller to reporters.

"He's very fiery, which you can see on the tape. Although he may not be fiery off the field. And, he's incredibly intelligent."

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