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Derek Carr drafted by Oakland Raiders at No. 36

NEW YORK -- The Oakland Raiders have landed their quarterback of the future.

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The team selected Fresno State signal-caller Derek Carr with the 37th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall.

The Raiders have to be feeling ecstatic about this pick. Carr was the No. 1 quarterback on their board, according to multiple reports, and Oakland was able to land him in Day 2 without having to sacrifice any picks in a trade.

Carr had a tremendous college career at Fresno State. In 2013, Carr became only the second FBS quarterback in the last 15 years to throw 50 or more touchdowns and 10 or fewer interceptions in a season.

The question becomes how long Carr will sit before he gets his turn in Oakland. Matt Schaub -- acquired via trade earlier in the offseason -- has been described as a long-term answer for the team. Consistent production is the only thing that will keep Schaub on the field, however, and Carr will be an enticing alternative for Dennis Allen if Schaub is unable to regain his form.

The Raiders are hoping to buck a trend with this pick. The franchise has taken six top-50 quarterbacks in the modern era. The list ain't pretty: JaMarcus Russell, Marc Wilson, Todd Marinovich, Eldridge Dickey and Jeb Blount.

Oakland hopes the seventh time is the charm with Carr.

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