While Mock Drafts are being updated, as we shared CBS Sports earlier today and will share Chris Burke’s later, comes information from one of partner sites that Derek Carr may be the future QB for the Cleveland Browns following the 2014 NFL Draft. Dawg Pound Daily shared that Jeremiah made statements on the Dan Patrick Show that the Johnny Manziel talk was a smoke screen for the selection of Carr. (This writer did not hear the interview but has reached out to Jeremiah on Twitter to confirm the information):
“It had been so out there that the Browns love Manziel under the previous regime and I’ve talked to enough people that firmly believe that was a total smoke screen.”
“This is what I was told, Dan, was that their guy is Derek Carr and they’re gonna take a different player with the fourth pick and they want to take Derek Carr with their second one. So look, you believe what you want to believe, but I’ve heard that from several different places.”
Carr has yo-yo’d all over Mock Drafts since the end of the season. Many see a cannon for an arm who may have learned a great deal from his brother’s experience in the NFL. Others see Carr struggle against USC and a bit in the Senior Bowl noting a difficulty with players at his feet and a “muddled” pocket. Both the good, big arm, and the bad, struggles when pressured, remind Cleveland Browns fans of a QB they drafted not that long ago, that may be cut this off-season, in Brandon Weeden. The obvious difference is that Weeden was much older but many traits are comparable between the two. This doesn’t mean the results will for sure be the same though. It is possible that Carr could excel, especially if he gets to grow behind Brian Hoyer for a year or two, where Weeden failed to. Perhaps with his age you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Hopefully he doesn’t have an under hand throw in his “arsenal.” Selecting Carr, either with their second first round pick, or in the second round, would allow the Browns to select an elite player with the #4 pick. Whether that is the weapon known as Sammy Watkins, the all generation defender Jadeveon Clowney or an offensive tackle the Browns could have options at the top of the draft if Carr is the target later.
Is Carr the next Weeden? Does the Weeden experience scare you from the Carr one? How does his brother’s history in the NFL impact your thoughts on Carr? Share with us below.