Derek Carr spent Wednesday night vomiting and attached to an IV. So logically, he went out and performed quite well on his pro day on Thursday.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The Fresno State quarterback apparently came down with quite the bug on Wednesday night but was determined to still come out and perform for NFL coaches and scouts during Fresno State's pro day.
Marek Warszawski of The Fresno Bee has more:
Derek Carr was not in the hospital. IVs were administered by #FresnoState doctors at the school's sports med complex.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) March 20, 2014
Just spoke to Derek Carr. "I feel fine. Ready to go." Well enough to sign fan's autograph, pose for a pic.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) March 20, 2014
Not surprisingly, there was quite a contingent of NFL folks out to take in his performance, as Warszawski noted:
Representatives from 23 of the NFL's 32 teams turned out for #FresnoState pro day.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) March 20, 2014
Carr performed various tests at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.69 40-yard dash and posting a 34.5-inch vertical. He didn't throw, however, so there was plenty of anticipation about how he would look at his pro day, especially with Teddy Bridgewater recently struggling at his.
Carr didn't disappoint, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:
First football hits the ground, after 46 straight completions by Carr.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 20, 2014
Deep corner pass. No bueno. Misses three out of 4 long throws ... so there are some question marks w/ Carr— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 20, 2014
Warszawski totaled up his final completions tally and offered a brief scouting report on the one area where Carr struggled:
Derek Carr completed 56 of 63 passes during pro day workout. Most incompletions were overthrows on deep balls.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) March 20, 2014
Derek Carr showed too much arm strength on some of his deep throws.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) March 20, 2014
Given that he was on an IV the night before, those numbers are pretty darn impressive. And generally, it's better to have more arm heading into the NFL than less, and teams will be pleased to see his cannon is as advertised. He'll need to develop a bit more touch on those deep balls, however.
Here he is in action, courtesy of Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee:
Derek Carr is now showing scouts what he can do. pic.twitter.com/9x6UbYOPz0— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) March 20, 2014
Carr should be quite pleased with his showing, as Paul Burmeister of the NFL Network noted:
Carr's workout over. Sharp and consistent throughout. 60 passes and I don't recall a real bad throw. He did very well.— Paul Burmeister (@PaulWBurmeister) March 20, 2014
While Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles have been the consensus first-round quarterbacks throughout the process, Carr's status is less clear. He'll definitely be off the board in the second round if he lasts that long, but could he sneak into the late first round, or even in the teens?
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network thinks it is a possibility, per NFL Media PR on Twitter:
Mayock on Derek Carr: "I think he probably is worth a 1st-round pick & I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ended up later in 1st round."— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) March 20, 2014
Dave Renteria captured some of Carr's throws and posted them on Instagram:
With as many as seven or eight teams possibly in the hunt for a young quarterback—the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals seem like the most obvious candidates, while who knows what the New York Jets will do—Carr could see his stock soar as the draft nears.
Speaking of the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports they were indeed interested in Carr's performance:
The Jets sent multiple reps to watch Fresno State QB Derek Carr today at his pro day. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 20, 2014
He's proven it on the field (5,082 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, just eight interceptions in 2013). He performed well at the combine. And he overcame an illness and threw well at his pro day.
To this point, Carr has done everything a team would want from a first-round prospect. We'll find out if NFL teams agree once the draft rolls around.