Greg Carr is the classic boom-bust prospect. He has the size (6-foot-6, 217 pounds) and big-play ability to be a standout receiver in the NFL, but his middling success at the college level left much to be desired.
Last season, Carr led Florida State with 542 receiving yards, finished second with 39 receptions and tied for the team lead with four touchdowns. However, a player with his skill-set is capable of more.
Greer feels that with Carr's size and route-running ability, he has the potential to crack San Diego's rotation. However, he admits that Carr is a work in progress.
WR Greg Carr
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"In the NFL, he will have to focus, learn the playbook and be a consistent pass catcher," Greer said. "At FSU there would be stretches where he was unstoppable. Other times he was non-existent. That has to stop. Also, he has to learn to fully use his size as an advantage."
Carr has always been viewed as a tantalizing prospect, as he was ranked among the nation's top-25 receivers coming out of high school. He graduated high school in 2004 and enrolled at Florida State as a grey-shirt in the spring of 2005. He quickly earned a prominent role in the Seminoles' offense.
"He came in after really working hard, putting on good weight and preparing himself for major college football," Greer said. "That year, he was one of the top freshmen in the country."
While Carr was a fast-riser in college, he'll have to prove himself all over again in the NFL. That task is made all the more daunting by a receiving corps that features Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers, Buster Davis, Legedu Naanee and Malcom Floyd.
Greer feels that Carr has the ability to get the job done, but may not have the stamina for the long haul and may not see immediate results.
"When Carr puts the work in, he gets results," he said. "He wanted to be the main guy at FSU and sometimes he didn't take well to not being that. But when given the chance, he will produce. Greg wants to excel in the NFL and I think he can.
"But he has to earn it because everyone in the NFL is legit. A part of me wonders if he can fight through that and not get discouraged."
Carr certainly has legit NFL height at 6-foot-6. That fits right in with the Chargers, who already have four receivers that stand at least 6-foot-3. The bad news for Carr is that he no longer has a leg-up on his teammates based off size alone.
Greer feels that Carr's height is not his only asset.
"He is a playmaker," said Greer of Carr. "He has shown that he can make plays when given the ball. During his senior year, he really improved on his blocking. He can be a guy who can get the first down for you, and he is a guy who can seal off that block so LT can get around the edge for a huge gain."
Carr is a capable receiver who can make tough, acrobatic catches. He was All-ACC at Florida State and caught at least one touchdown in 21 of his 50 games there.
He has the potential to play a role in the Chargers' offense if he can step up and demonstrate his talents.
"He knows that it takes hard work to achieve on the next level, as he made the transition from high school to college. Now he has to do it again. He is a smart kid," Greer said. "The words 'hard work' always seems to be attached to Carr. He knows what it takes to make it in the NFL as he's been around those types of players at FSU. He has to apply it now."