Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were the three quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Bortles was taken with the third pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Manziel went 22nd to the Browns with Bridgewater the last to go at 32 to the Minnesota Vikings.
But none of them are playing like the best quarterback in the draft pool. Right now, that honour belongs to Derek Carr.
Carr, who went in the second round to the Oakland Raiders, has looked in great form in pre-season, and can feel sincerely aggrieved that he has been stuck behind Matt Schaub on the Raiders depth chart.
Surgery on Seattle
On Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks, Carr completed 5-of-7 passes against the starting Seahawks defense, The Legion of Boom that won the Superbowl last year, and led a 12-play touchdown drive.
Four possessions Carr had, four touchdown drives is what he finished with. Head coach Dennis Allen decided he had seen enough. He yanked the rookie who hadn't played in almost two weeks, almost like he knew he could count on Carr when the games start meaning something.
Either that or the less likely Redskins train of thought where they won't play the talented backup because he is out-performing the starter and fans are calling for him to be made the number one guy.
Carr is playing well enough to be starting week one against the New York Jets, but that doesn't look like happening unfortunately for him. But if Schaub plays like he did for Houston last year then look out for after the Raiders bye week for Carr to make his bow.
Carr threw for 5,082 yards in his senior season for the Fresno State Bulldogs with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished with numbers of over 12,000 yards, 113 touchdowns and just 24 interceptions in his college career.
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