Mocking Derek Carr And The BucsApril 18th, 2014
Joe is convinced the Bucs will draft a quarterback next month in the NFL Draft. Whether it is Johnny Football in the first round, Derek Carr in the second around, Jimmy Garoppolo in the third round or Aaron Murray in the fourth round, Joe isn’t sure. Only time will tell.
Joe is willing to wager (but not much) that the Bucs will have a new quarterback come early May.
Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 is of the same mind, even lockstep in believing that the Bucs should pull the trigger on Johnny Football at No. 7. In his latest mock draft, Pawlowski doesn’t believe the Bucs will have that chance because the Cleveland Browns will grab Johnny Football.
As a result, Pawlowski believes, the Bucs will then settle on Carr at No. 7.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno St.
Commish’s Comments: This might surprise some, but if the Bucs feel Derek Carr is the best fit for their offense under Jeff Tedford, then why is this such a surprise. Tedford coached brother David Carr in college to being the top pick in the 2002 draft. David’s struggles in the NFL were not the fault of Tedford and might have been the result of being the first pick of an expansion team who game him little to work with and zero protection. No, Derek is not David, but Tedford’s familiarity with the Carr family should not go unnoticed. Carr’s quick release, accuracy, and athleticism should be great fits for Tedford’s quick passing game. Derek Carr also possesses excellent character with a wife, child, and is very active in the community through charity and religion. Lovie Smith might feel comfortable with Carr’s talent and character to go ahead and secure him here rather than passing and hoping he can still grab Carr a little later.
Joe thinks drafting Carr at No. 7 is a major reach. Yes, Joe understands all of his connections to Tedford and that the two have known each other since Carr was a youngster.
To be honest, at the NFL Scouting Combine, no quarterback impressed Joe from a character standpoint more than Carr, who has an inspirational story of overcoming adversity while also playing football. Carr was the polar opposite of that coddled Son of Saban, A.J. McCarron.
Joe can see the Bucs drafting Carr, easily. He seems to be a perfect fit personality-wise for Lovie Smith. But at No. 7? That’s a bit of a reach.