- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 214 lbs
- Hand Size: 9 1/8”
- Class: Senior
- School: Fresno State
- 40 Time: 4.69
- Bench: N/A (Pro Day)
- Vertical Jump: 34.5”
- Long Jump: 110”
Analysis and Grades
Size: A-, He falls into the average 6’2”/6’3” height for quarterbacks in the NFL. On film he looks like he carries a little more weight than the 214 pounds he weighed at the Combine. Like most rookie quarterbacks he could add a little bulk for protection, but his size is good. It has been noted recently that Carr has been battling a virus prior to his Pro Day so his weight may go down.
Pocket Awareness: C, The knock here isn’t on his pocket awareness, but on his ability to deliver the ball under pressure. He struggled quite a bit with pressure in his face. He climbs the pocket well when it forms correctly, but if the protection breaks down he cracks under pressure. This may be due to all of the sort passes he was asked to throw while at Fresno State.
Reads: B+, Carr shows nice patience while waiting for his progressions to unfold, and scans the field quickly. This is not consistent though. Yet again the Fresno State system was a spread with short passes so he will need to develop his under center skills more.
Footwork: B, The biggest problem here will be the Fresno State system and not paying under center. Carr will need to learn all of his drops from under center again after four years in a spread. As it was stated earlier, Carr has nice feet in the pocket and moves fluidly as long as he doesn’t have pressure baring down on him.
Arm Strength: A-, Carr can sling the ball, but can he sling it deep on any given play? He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can let it fly. He also needs to learn to take a little heat off on shorter passes. Not every pass has to be a rocket. He puts nice air under the ball when going deep so his receivers can run under it.
Accuracy: A, Carr has really nice accuracy and touch. He has the ability to throw on the run, but obviously prefers to throw from the pocket. Carr’s short throws are on point due to the Fresno State offense. He could use a little work on his mid range throws, but isn’t an erratic liability at all.
Overall: I believe Carr is the best pure arm talent in the 2014 class. The problem Carr will face is the offense he is coming out of. He will have trouble adjusting to the speed of the game while dropping back from under center. That will also lead to problems facing the advanced pressure he will face in the NFL. If he gets put behind a poor line at the next level he may end up in the same situation as Blane Gabbert saw in Jacksonville.
Comparison: Eli Manning, New York Giants
Grade: B+, 3.28
Draft Projection: First Round