While I’m on the Bridewater Bandwagon and the Manziel Motorway, I’m not clapping for Derek Carr.
Or at least I’m not sold he should be in the conversation with the first two and Blake Bortles.
That aside, reports from writers like CBS Sports' Rob Rang said that he did very well at his pro day.
Even better? There was the added storyline that, according to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, he was sick going into the day, so it was (to the media) even more extraordinary.
Did it show us something new though?
Here is a selection of some of the questions analysts have about Carr.
Rob Rang, CBS Sports:
Played primarily out of the shotgun, and must show the ability to take snaps from under center and read defenses while dropping back. Struggled against better competition, including a poor career finale as USC constantly harassed Carr, who was unable to move the ball consistently in the face of pressure. Will rush passes when blitzed, frequently starting down and overthrowing targets. Stats inflated by Fresno State's pass-happy offense. Accuracy was inconsistent on critical plays in several of Fresno State's biggest games in 2013.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network:
He's very accurate on short and intermediate passes but his deep ball accuracy is spotty. Also, he has a bad habit of falling off throws when facing pressure, which drastically affects his accuracy. He doesn't have great pocket awareness but when he does escape pressure, he has the speed to pick up chunk yardage.
Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com:
At times tries to do too much and forces some throws. Occasionally throws off balance unnecessarily and sails some throws. Operated out of the shotgun and pistol and made a lot short/lateral throws and half-field reads. Production is inflated by spread offense and porous Mountain West Conference defenses—nine 2013 opponents (excluding an FCS opponent) ranked between 81st and 125th nationally in scoring defense and/or passing defense. Had his worst game in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC.
Todd McShay, ESPN.com:
Sixty percent of his throws within five yards of the line of scrimmage, struggles against pressure and that tape I watched against USC, that is not a quarterback that looks to me, like a potential starter in the league.
What do all the concerns have in common? How he reacts to pressure.
That’s not something you see at a pro day. It’s only something you can see in game film.
No matter how good Carr did during his pro day, no scout, GM, coach or analyst should walk away thinking that question was answered.
So which Carr is the real Carr? The guy we saw throwing the heck out of the ball at his pro day, or the guy struggling under pressure against a team like USC?
The answer probably lies somewhere in between, as the USC game wasn’t all on Carr while a pro day doesn’t present any chance to see a quarterback under duress.
So, in reality, whatever you believed before should probably be what you believed after. Because ultimately, the most important question isn’t something that can be answered at a pro day.