He might not have been a first-round pick, but Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr might find himself in the best situation of all rookie quarterbacks heading into next season.
Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were all selected ahead of Carr in the first round.
Carr, selected in the top of the second round, and No. 36 overall, might be allowed to sit, learn and develop unlike those other guys selected above him.
Carr steps into a situation in Oakland in which Matt Schaub is the clear starter heading into next season.
Bortles sits behind Chad Henne on the depth chart right now with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bridgewater heads to the Minnesota Vikings, where Matt Cassel is seen as the starter, and we've all heard Johnny Manziel is emphatically listed as the backup to Brian Hoyer with the Cleveland Browns.
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Of all of these situations, Carr might find himself with the most difficult path to start games as a rookie, assuming there are no injuries.
That's not a bad thing because he finds himself with the most experienced veteran quarterback to learn from, as well.
Schaub is also guaranteed $8 million in 2014, per Spotrac.com, which, financially speaking, makes him the starter as well.
Whether it's because quarterbacks are more "pro ready" coming out of college now, or simply because franchises want to determine if they've found "their guy" quicker than in the past, young quarterbacks aren't given the same amount of time to sit and wait before being thrown into the fire.
For some, being thrown into the fire before they're ready isn't a good thing.
Last year the top two rookie quarterbacks drafted, EJ Manuel with the Buffalo Bills and Geno Smith of the New York Jets, combined to go 12-14 and complete just 57 percent of their passes, with 23 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The experience might be good for both of them as they develop moving forward, but it could also hinder them; and that's a situation Carr will not likely find himself in, and that's a good thing.
There's no one right way to develop a young quarterback, but for the Oakland Raiders to get their top-rated quarterback in this draft, while also bringing in a quarterback for the "right now" this offseason in Schaub, there's no way you can't respect what the Raiders have done with the most important position on the field.
Schaub will have as much of an impact on Carr's development as any other person in the Raiders organization next season, and based on comments like the above tweet, that's a good thing for Raiders fans.
It's ideal that Carr sits and develops for at least one season, but that's not to say he'd be a fish out of water if given the opportunity to get on the field—either by injury or another circumstance.
Carr flashed big-time ability throughout his career at Fresno State and possesses the natural throwing ability to have every tool needed as successful NFL quarterback.
The little nuances and details need refinement, and that's where Schaub will be able to help.
The Raiders seemingly have their quarterback of the future and their quarterback of right now, and the fact that those two players are not the same person, while still getting their top-rated prospect, can only spell good things for the Raiders moving forward.
They got the right guy in the right situation and didn't have to mortgage the future in order to get him. Right now it's up to the coaching staff to develop him, and for Carr to use this time to be ready when his name is called.
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