Raiders take chance with QB Carr

2014-05-10T00:00:00Z Raiders take chance with QB CarrThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders drafted their possible quarterback of the future less than two months after acquiring a new starter.

Oakland took Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night to compete with starter Matt Schaub. The Arizona Cardinals took Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas in the second round (see story, Page B5).

“They want me to come in, work hard, compete,” Carr said. “Whenever I’m the quarterback, great. My No. 1 goal is to help the Raiders win.”

Oakland traded a sixth-round pick to Houston in March to acquire Schaub and immediately named him the starter. In an interesting twist, Schaub replaced Carr’s older brother, David, as starter in Houston. David Carr was the first draft pick ever for the Texans in 2002 and started five seasons there before being let go.

“I learned everything that he did right and everything that he did wrong,” Derek Carr said. “He told me that if he could do anything, he hopes he made the path smoother for me as I transition into the NFL.”

Carr was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football last season. He threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in a spread offense at Fresno State that included many quick screens and almost exclusively shotgun formations. He also won the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the nation’s top passer.

Carr is one of just 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for more than 10,000 career yards and 100 touchdowns. His ratio of 113 TD passes to 24 interceptions is the second highest in FBS history for all quarterbacks with at least 100 career TD passes.

Patriots select QB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots, casting an eye toward the future, selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second-round pick.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be 37 in August and doesn’t appear near retirement, but Garoppolo, who says Brady is his favorite player, provides insurance at the position. Garoppolo and Brady are represented by the same agent, but have not met.

Ryan Mallett is the current New England backup, but there have been reports he is on the trading block. Mallett has one year left on his rookie contract.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Garoppolo threw for 5,050 yards and 53 TDs with nine interceptions in 2013. He also ran for four TDs and was the winner of the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player in FCS.

Sutton goes to Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears took Arizona State’s Will Sutton in the third round.

Sutton captured his second straight Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award last season with 48 tackles — 13 ½ for loss — and four sacks. He had 161 tackles and 20 ½ sacks in four seasons at ASU.

The Bears picked two defensive linemen after grabbing Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th pick on Thursday, the latest additions as they retool a unit that ranked among the worst last season. Chicago went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.

Jags grab two wide receivers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When quarterback Blake Bortles does become Jacksonville’s starter, he could have quite the supporting cast.

The Jaguars selected receivers Marqise Lee from USC and Allen Robinson from Penn State in the second round of the NFL draft. The additions likely signal the end of Justin Blackmon’s career in Jacksonville.

They also traded up and drafted Miami guard Brandon Linder in the third round, the latest move in the rebuilding of the team’s offensive line. Jacksonville gave New England a fourth-round pick (No. 105 overall) and a sixth-rounder (No. 179) to take Linder with the 93rd selection.

But the bigger news was Blackmon.

General manager Dave Caldwell indicated the team will consider parting ways with Blackmon if and when he gets reinstated. Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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