2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Bulldogs


September 15, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to throw a pass against the Colorado Buffaloes in the second quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 212 pounds

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Scouting Report/Player Notes

One of the strongest arms in the country and certainly one of the more prolific and efficient passers of 2012. The younger brother of former #1 overall pick David Carr has a chance to make his own mark on college football and lead Fresno State back into the national spotlight after showing NFL scouts what he is capable of last year when he threw for 4,104 yards, 37 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He completed over 67 percent of his passes and has everyone buzzing that he could be a top three quarterback in a deep class of players this season. He reminds me a lot of Jay Cutler in the way he sort of has a natural bent toward throwing the ball off his back foot, and that could also be his main weakness as a prospect. Obviously, any time you throw off your back foot you lose velocity, and that has caused Carr to float some balls. Pretty athletic quarterback who can make plays on the move and run an up-tempo offense as well as anyone in the country.

When Carr is able to set his feet and step into a throw, there aren’t many in the country who are better than he is. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun called Carr an “NFL quarterback playing in college.”

Goes to a lot of screens and check downs, but is definitely capable of orchestrating a vertical offense and can make every throw.



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Career Highlights (via Fresno State athletics site)

2013 (Senior): Needs 3,048 passing yards to tie Kevin Sweeney’s school record that has stood since 1986 … holds the Fresno State record for highest career completions percentage at .652 … named one of 12 Players to Watch in 2013 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

2012 (Junior): Named the 2012 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year … named to the Sports Illustrated 2012 All-America honorable mention team … was an unanimous first-team All-MW selection, becoming the fifth QB in league history with that distinction … named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first-team … selected to the 2012 Mountain West Academic All-Conference team … set a new Mountain West single-season record with 4,104 passing yards, which ranked eighth nationally … his 37 touchdown passes tied for No. 3 in the FBS and his 37-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio ranked third for all QBs with at least 300 completions … set a new MW single-season record with four 400-yard passing games … ranked eighth nationally and first in the Mountain West with 315.7 yards per game … his 155.9 pass efficiency rating ranked 15th nationally … threw three or more TDs in 7-of-13 games … in four games from Sept. 15-Oct. 6 he threw 15 touchdown passes, which is the second-most in a four-game stretch in school history … his 17 touchdown passes over the final five games of the regular season were the second-most in any five-game stretch in school history and he only had one interception during that stretch … was a three-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, three-time MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week and twice honored as the Manning Award quarterback of the week … set a new school record for single-game completion percentage in the regular season finale against Air Force when he connected on 28-of-32 passes (.875) for 452 yards and four touchdowns. He was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation and the CFPA’s National Performer of the Week and National QB of the Week following that game … was one of just three FBS quarterbacks on the season to have three games with over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns on the year … set new Mountain West and school single-game records for completions (42) and total offense (570) in a 52-40 win over SDSU … his 536 yards passing in that game vs. the Aztecs tied the school record … threw five touchdowns against SDSU and five also against Colorado on Sept. 15, when all five TDs vs. the Buffs were thrown in the first half … completed 17-of-22 passes for 300 yards against the Buffaloes … surpassed 6,000 yards passing in his career on Oct. 20 when he threw for 268 yards and three TDs in a 42-14 win over Wyoming … named the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week and the MW Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 416 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-32 win at New Mexico, when he led the Bulldogs back from a 21-0 deficit … that was Fresno State’s largest deficit overcome in a victory since 1982 … threw for four TDs and 304 yards in the first half against Hawai’i to help Fresno State jump out to a 42-3 lead in the win over the Warriors … joined Trent Dilfer as the only quarterbacks in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons … team captain.

2011 (Redshirt Sophomore): Second team All-WAC selection … named to Phil Steele’s All-WAC second team … selected to the Academic All-WAC team … threw for 3,544 yards on the season, which is the third-most in Fresno State history and the most ever by a Bulldog sophomore … his passing yardage led the WAC and ranked 15th nationally … his 279 completions are the second-most in school history, as were his 446 attempts … threw 26 touchdown passes against nine interceptions and he completed 62.6 percent of his passes … averaged 278.2 yards per game, which ranked No. 22 nationally and he had four 300-yard passing games … threw two touchdown passes of over 80 yards, had 10 completions of 50 or more yards and he completed a pass to 15 different receivers on the season, including six who had 30 or more catches … completed 39-of-49 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns against Louisiana Tech, Nov. 5. Those 39 completions were one off the school single-game record … threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns at Idaho, Sept. 24, and had three or more TD passes in four games … had a career-high 391 yards passing at New Mexico State with three touchdowns … finished the year completing 138-of-212 (65.1 percent) passes for 1,879 yards over the last six games with 14 touchdowns against just four interceptions … ran 57 times for 72 yards (195 yards if you take out the losses from sacks) with three TDs … in seven WAC games, he completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 2,162 yards with 19 touchdowns against five interceptions … offensive team captain.