Derek Carr’s Full Rookie-Season Projections with Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders continued their impressive draft by bringing in one of the top quarterbacks in the class in Derek Carr.

This selection came in the second round after the squad selected elite linebacker prospect Khalil Mack at No. 5. While the squad needed to take a quarterback at some point to develop for the future, the Raiders were patient enough to wait for the one they wanted.

Fortunately, Carr appears to be exactly who the squad wanted all along, according to Ian Rapoport of

Rich Eisen of NFL Network was complimentary of the first couple of rounds for the Raiders:

The question is how well the quarterback will fare at the next level.

On the positive side, he has a strong arm and a quick release while showing the ability to move the ball all over the field. These skills helped him lead the nation with 5,082 passing yards and 50 touchdowns last season.

With time to develop, he has all the tools necessary to become an above-average quarterback in the NFL.

He has also shown a willingness to work with the mental makeup to improve. According to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times, Carr explained at the combine, "I've been getting ready for this since I was 3. I've been trained by my dad and my brother. I've been watching NFL film since I was 12. I'm not 6-6 and won't run a 4.3 (40-yard dash), but I'll out-prepare anybody."

All of these tools help make him the "safest pick out of all the quarterbacks in the draft," according to Bleacher Report's Chris Simms:

The only downside is that Carr will likely need some time before he can succeed in the NFL. Not only is he shifting from a spread offense to a pro-style system, but he is attempting to transition from playing in the Mountain West to the NFL. That is a huge jump for anyone.

Instead, the quarterback can use the first few weeks and...

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