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Whats with all the hate on Derek Carr?

If you read the comments of mock drafts where Carr goes early first, particularly with the Vikings, there are lots of comments how he is as bad as Ponder, or how much of a reach he is. I don't see it though. I've watched the game tape on Carr, and he impresses me immensely. Throw on any game, watch him pre snap look at the defensive and make adjustments, change routes, plays etc, and he is right in his calls. He almost always reads the defense perfectly, which makes sense. He started studying defenses, professional defenses, by watching game tape when he was 12. He would go to his brothers games and know exactly what defenses are calling.

That brings me to point to. His name is DEREK not DAVID. He is not his brother, so stop saying he will be a bust because his brother was. One huge advantage Derek would have in MN that David did not have is an o-line that finished 6th in the NFL last season according to PFF, and assuming we upgrade Johnson, and Kalil breaks back into form, we will have an elite o-line, not arguably the worst o-line in NFL history. Not to mention, Norv Turners help, AD, Patterson, Jennings, Wright, Rudolph etc.

Going back to the game tape, Carr can make every throw at the next level. he can throw with touch (check out the perfect ball placement there as well) he puts the ball where only his guy can get it (check him out pre snap directing his receivers), he can throw with velocity and have great ball placement, (he has great timing with his high velocity passes) he can throw deep, without floating it, (deeper pass here). He can also run play action well, and knows how to sell a good pump fake to open up a throwing lane for his receivers. He has all the arm talent you can want. NFL scouts were saying that even when throwing into the strong winds at the senior bowl, Carr's passes were cutting through the air and wind landing with a snap in the receivers hands, which to me shows incredible velocity that will be important for a QB playing outdoors in Minnesota, GB, CHI etc.

Looking at his pocket presence, he gets knocked a lot for not stepping up enough, and you can see it in his junior game tape when he was injured, but he fixed this problem for the most part when healthy as a senior, although he occasionally throws off his back foot, usually when he throws the ball away to avoid a sack.

Looking at the athletics, everyone expected Logan Thomas, Johnny Manziel, and Stephen Morris to be the ultra athletic quarterbacks in the draft. No one expected much from Carr, but he proved his worth. Carr ran a 4.69 40, .01 seconds behind Manziel, and only Stephen Morris and Logan Thomas (neither of whom are expected to contribute much as an NFL QB) had a 40 time more than .03 seconds faster than Carr. His vertical was 34.5", 3 inches higher than Manziel and a height only Thomas could best. Only Thomas and Manziel posted better 20 yard shuffle numbers than Carr's 4.20 second mark. Carr may not be known for his outstanding athleticism, but that's because he is a gunslinger who loves to pass first, and he definitely has more than enough athletic ability.

What am I missing here? What does Carr do well that I did not mention? What does he do horribly that I did not mention. Bash me in the comments below.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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