Derek Carr: Breaking Down Fresno State QB's Pro Day Workout

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

Not surprisingly, there was quite a contingent of NFL folks out to take in his performance, as Warszawski noted:

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:

Warszawski totaled up his final completions tally and offered a brief scouting report on the one area where Carr struggled:

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:

Carr should be quite pleased with his showing, as Paul Burmeister of the NFL Network noted:

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:

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:

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.