by Joe Fortenbaugh
May 09, 02014
In the end, the Oakland Raiders didn’t need to look very far for their quarterback of the future.
With the fourth selection in the second round (No. 36 overall), general manager Reggie McKenzie, head coach Dennis Allen and the Silver & Black selected Fresno State redshirt senior quarterback Derek Carr. The 6-2, 214-pounder became the fourth signal-caller chosen during the 2014 NFL draft (Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater) and the first to hear his name called during the second round.
Derek Carr is the newest member of the Oakland Raiders.
Carr—who appeared in 39 games at Fresno State over the last three seasons—threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 68.9 percent of his passes for the Bulldogs in 2013.
With former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub currently on the roster thanks to a March trade (sixth-round pick), there’s a chance Carr won’t be thrust into the starting lineup in Oakland come September. But even though the Raiders have the luxury of bringing their newest acquisition along slowly, there’s always a chance the rookie beats out Schaub for the starting gig just like Russell Wilson did to Matt Flynn back in 2012.
With their first selection in the draft, the Raiders nabbed Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack with the fifth pick.
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