Aug 2, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; ESPN analysis Jon Gruden during the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden: Houston Texans drafting Derek Carr would be 'magnificent'

Nov 29, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play against the San Jose State Spartans in the second quarter at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 62-52. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

In an ESPN Insider article quoting ESPN NFL analyst and Super Bowl champion head coach Jon Gruden during his “Gruden QB Camps,” gave his thoughts on the Houston Texans and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

The article, as told to Mike Sando of ESPN, quoted Gruden saying about the Texans upcoming draft:

“Drafting Jadeveon Clowney first overall and trading up to the back of the first round to get Carr would be magnificent for the Texans.”

The article also quoted Gruden as saying:

“I think they are taking a quarterback early in this draft, and it will be one of these four guys: Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Carr or Teddy Bridgewater. How could you not want this kid, Carr?”

Well, should I ask … what are your thoughts?

I don’t see the Texans trading up to draft Carr in the late first round, but let’s say the Texans don’t go with a quarterback in the first round, and it is Friday night (Round 2) of the NFL Draft, would you select Carr with the 33rd overall selection if Manziel, Bridgewater and Bortles were off the board?

Carr would be magnificent for the Texans

Tough question, because every single one of us will compare Derek Carr with his brother, David Carr, a former No. 1 overall pick by the Texans in 2002. That pick didn’t turn out well for anyone involved.

I know they aren’t the same player and are different people, they just happen to be brothers and quarterbacks who are (or were) highly-touted NFL prospects.

I believe the younger Carr will be a better NFL QB, for the single fact he won’t be thrown into the fire right out of the gate by whomever drafts him. He’ll most likely have time to learn the position at the NFL level, unlike what happened to David Carr in his tenure with the Texans.

This would be a very interesting pick, and I’m just not sure what the fan reaction would be if the Texans would look to Derek Carr in the second round.

Again, I don’t see this happening, but the NFL draft is full of surprises, so I’ll never say never when it comes to what teams will do on draft day.

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