Derek Carr Drafted by Raiders: Latest News, Reaction and Analysis

After putting together a record-setting performance at Fresno State, Derek Carr boasts one of the best pedigrees of any quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft class. 

The Oakland Raiders selected Carr in the second round with the 36th overall pick of the draft, hoping his strong resume will turn into results on the field at the highest level. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora had it first:

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on how the Raiders' view their quarterback situation:

While all the hype this year was directed at Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida's Blake Bortles—the former two for excelling at high-profile schools and the latter for his size and arm strength—Carr's career numbers trump all three. 

In three years as Fresno State's starting quarterback, Carr threw for 12,730 yards, 113 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. His completion percentage got better each year, going from 62.6 in 2011 to 67.3 in 2012 to 68.9 in 2013, leading college football with 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns last year. 

Carr's only real problem was the team he played for. The Bulldogs play in the Mountain West Conference, rarely getting marquee matchups like Manziel had against Alabama or Bridgewater had against Florida, making it hard for the world to see what this team could do. 

It certainly appeared that the NFL finally caught on to what Carr did in college and what he's capable of moving forward, because various mock drafts had the quarterback landing somewhere in the first round.

This new NFL, where teams spread the field with multiple three- and four-receiver sets, bodes well for what Carr does best. Take a look at this stat from Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal:

Bleacher Report NFL draft writer Matt Miller compared Carr to current...

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