The Oakland Raiders tried to make everyone believe they were really content with quarterback Matt Schaub.
It appears the Raiders are not that crazy.
Oakland used its second-round pick to select Fresno State’s Derek Carr, the fourth quarterback taken in this year’s draft. He went with the fourth pick of the second round, 36th overall. The Raiders didn't have to give up anything to move up to get Carr, they just patiently waited and let a potential future starting quarterback fall in their laps.
Houston traded Schaub to Oakland for a sixth-round draft pick earlier this offseason. Schaub was expected to start over Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards. Pryor was recently traded to Seattle, which leaves Carr to compete against the other quarterbacks. It's possible Carr sits behind Schaub and learns for a year, which might be for the best. But he is a clear quarterback of the future.
Schaub was ineffective last season. He finished with 2,301 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013. Schaub set an NFL record with an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games, and some Texans fans cheered when he sustained an ankle injury.
Carr is arguably the best quarterback in this year’s draft. He is not as popular as Johnny Manziel, but he finished with 5,082 passing yards and 50 touchdowns at Fresno State last year. He had almost 13,000 yards in college in three years as a starter.
Here is a breakdown of Carr from Shutdown Corner's Under the MIcroscope series:
"Carr's projected draft spot has fluctuated dramatically, and that's probably because you have to wonder about what you see on tape. The throws are all there. The athleticism is apparent. It's easy to picture him doing some good things in the NFL. But you always have to keep in mind that all of the good things came against mediocre competition. There are no New Mexicos or San Jose States on the NFL schedule. And if you're the team that is going to invest a first-round pick (you have to wonder if a team in the top half of the round will reach for him) or an early second in Carr, you have to rationalize what happened against USC, like maybe his teammates weren't good enough to help him against the Trojans' four- and five-star recruits."
So far, the Raiders are having a solid draft.
Prior to Carr, Oakland drafted Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack in the first round. With Mack and Carr on the roster, the Raiders may have selected the future cornerstones of their offense and defense. Sure, it will take a few years to determine if Oakland nailed the draft, but the Raiders are seemingly doing well so far. For a team that has had so many missteps in past drafts and seemed more interested in making noise than prudent picks, it's a positive step.
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