2014 NFL Draft: Possible 2nd Round QB Draft Picks for the Houston Texans

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Dec 7, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares to throw a pass against the Utah State Aggies in the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr

When looking at Derek Carr what first comes to mind is NFL pedigree, as we all know his older brother, David, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Texans in 2002.

His stats for the 2013 season were 4,886 yards with 48 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Carr was 424-of-605 in those 12 games and was sacked 11 times.

Carr also had 117 yards rushing with two TDs in 40 rushes.

For his four-year collegiate career, Carr passed for 12,626 yards with 111 TD passes and 23 interceptions in 43 career games.

At the combine, Carr ran a 4.69 40-yard dash.

Carr has a good head on his shoulders in and out of football, which would be a good fit for the Texans.

When I look at his strengths  I really like this as written in his draft analysis as written by Rob Rang:

“NFL-caliber arm strength to sling the ball all over the field, with the ability to throw the deep fade and fire passes into tight windows. Shows the ability to square his shoulders and fire passes with velocity and accuracy.”

That is something all QBs in the NFL really need to have to be success on game days.

I believe Carr is an underrated player in this draft and if he’s still around in Round 2 and the Texans didn’t go QB in the first round, it would be tough to pass on him.

If he would be drafted by the Texans, it is easy to know that he would automatically compared to his older brother, David, and how that didn’t work out so well in his time as the Texans QB.

It would be a lot of pressure on the rookie, and I just don’t know if he would be a good fit in that sense for the Texans.

In looking at his weaknesses as listed by Rang, what he wrote makes me wonder:

“Played primarily out of the shotgun and must show the ability to take snaps from under center and read defenses while dropping back. Struggled against better competition.”

He’s going to face the best football players in the world on a weekly basis when he enters the NFL, so he’s going to have to prove he belongs to play with the elite.

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