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Grade
5.8 ?
  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 214LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Younger brother of David Carr, the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2002. First quarterback at Fresno State with three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons. Third player to win back-to-back MWC Offensive Player of the Year awards (2012-13). 2013: Broke his conference single-season record with 5,083 passing yards. Broke his conference record with 52 completions against Rutgers. 2012: Set a Mountain West single-season record with 4,104 passing yards. Set a new school record for single-game completion percentage in the regular season finale against Air Force, going 28-for-32 (.875) for 452 yards and four touchdowns. Set new Mountain West and school single-game records for completions (42) and total offense (570 yards) in 52-40 win over San Diego State. Joined Trent Dilfer as the only quarterbacks in school history to pass of 3,000-plus yards in consecutive seasons. 2011: Second-team All-WAC pick and Academic All-WAC. Led WAC with 3,544 passing yards. 2010: Redshirted. 2009: Played in five games. Set Fresno State QB record for 40-yard dash tie with 4.59 (later ran 4.56 in summer of 2012). High School: Graduated early to enroll in spring semester, 2009 and participate in spring drills. Guided team to 12-1 record while throwing for 4,067 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior. Also recruited by LSU, USC, Alabama and Notre Dame among others.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic with very good feet -- can roll the pocket, evade the rush or escape when pocket crumbles. Terrific arm talent -- releases from the ear and can make all the throws. Quick-armed with wrist snap. Can alter his platform and throw on the move or off his back foot. Throws come out on time and accurately. Drills short-to-intermediate throws and flashes touch. Likes to play and it shows. Sells out to make a play. Record-breaking production. Adapted to coaching/system change and receiver turnover. Improved ball security -- fumbled only once as a senior compared to 12 times the previous two seasons. Desirable intangibles for the position -- advanced maturity, leadership and intelligence. Shows poise and moxie. On-field general who commands the huddle. Passionate about the game and works at his craft. Three-time captain.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal height and has relatively small hands. Bulk is just adequate. Could stand to improve as a deep passer. At times tries to do too much and forces some throws. Occasionally throws off balance unnecessarily and sails some throws. Operated out of the shotgun and pistol and made a lot short/lateral throws and half-field reads. Production is inflated by spread offense and porous Mountain West Conference defenses -- nine 2013 opponents (excluding an FCS opponent) ranked between 81st and 125th nationally in scoring defense and/or passing defense. Had his worst game in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC. Could face bust-factor perception resulting from his older brother’s career.

Bottom Line

Athletic, tough, instinctive, strong-armed, highly competitive quarterback who will impress in workouts, interviews and on the board. Elevated the Fresno State program and profiles like a gunslinger, though he’d be better served in the long run honing his game-management skills. Will be a starter sooner rather than later and the degree to which he’s able to make those around him better will determine his ceiling.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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