He has solid accuracy and delivers the ball in stride. A leader on the field with great vision he understands the game and is not afraid to spend time in the film room. A well-prepared quarterback, Carr is not exceptional when the pocket collapses but has good pocket awareness and the ability to side step the rush to get a few more seconds to throw. He is not going to defeat a team by running but will scramble if he needs to scramble. Carr has the ability and touch to make all the throws.
His overall arm strength is above average. He throws an excellent deep ball, although he occasionally uses a side-arm whipping motion - in similar fashion to Brett Favre. His strong week of practice at the Senior Bow helped lift him into a class by himself.
During his senior campaign Carr led Fresno State to an 11-2 record while throwing for 4,299 yards and 42 touchdowns and was named the 2001 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner. Carr makes good, quick decisions and proved durable and consistent during his career at Fresno State, which is why some have compared him favorably to former Dallas Cowboys' standout Troy Aikman.
I think Carr will be "franchise-type" signal caller, but comparing him to Aikman might be a bit far fetched. Aikman had un-canny accuracy, especially in big games - I do however feel that there is clear difference between the skill levels of Carr and No. 2 ranked quarterback Joey Harrington. If the Houston Texans decide to make Carr the No. 1 overall they should also sign a veteran signal caller to start off the 2002 season as their initial starter and then blend Carr into the equation late in the year once he has gotten his feet wet in the preseason and had the time to digest Coach Palmer's offensive system.
Best of the Rest:
Joey Harrington (Oregon) -- Harrington is a solid quarterback that has developed a knack for winning games in the clutch. Overall, he is an intelligent, drop back passer with good size, average arm strength, but above average intangibles. If you surround Harrington with a solid nucleus of talent he will be comparable to Denver's Brian Griese in terms of pro success.
Josh McCown (Sam Houston State) -- McCown is a gifted athlete with a strong arm and 4.58 speed. Once Carr and Harrington come off the board there is another group of 3-5 solid quarterback prospects, but McCown possesses the best combination of natural ability and upside potential. I have had him as a Top-5 rated quarterback since early December; so don't be surprised when he becomes a day one selection.
Patrick Ramsey (Tulane) -- Ramsey has impressive arm strength and throws the short to intermediate game very well. A scholar-athlete he may need some time to adjust to reading pro defenses, but Ramsey has enough intangibles to become an efficient starter in the NFL.
Rohan Davey (LSU) -- Davey is a hard prospect to judge. He is big and strong with the ability to make all the throws. Davey would not fall into the "project" category, but he will need at least one year of grooming before he could challenge for a starting role - in many ways he is similar to Quincy Carter (Dallas).
Kurt Kittner (Illinois) -- Kittner throws the ball with good zip, but overall has only average arm strength. He actually reminds me more of a Tim Rattay-type (San Francisco) - a steady No. 2 that can come in and win games for you off the bench, but someone whose play will eventually even out if asked to carry the load.
Nick Rolovich (Hawaii) -- Rolovich is a former JC transfer who came on strong during his senior campaign. He shows good mobility and can be a very accurate passer. While he lacks ideal size -- his style of play and production are reminiscent of a young Jeff Garcia (San Francisco).
J.T. O'Sullivan (Cal-Davis) -- O'Sullivan is an intelligent signal caller that understands the game and can read defenses as well as anyone available at this position. He set several school passing records, both season and career, and should make a rather easy transition into being a heady backup in the pros.
Bobby Pesavento (Colorado) -- A physically gifted signal caller, Pesavento (6-4, 228 lbs.) was a double-transfer before landing with the Buffaloes. He showed the ability to lead his team to victory this season. All he lacks is exposure and experience -- once those two aspects come Pesavento will prove to be a legitimate challenger for a starting job in the league.
Wes Pate (Stephen F. Austin) -- Pate transferred from Louisiana Tech and has the desired combination of size, toughness and leadership that teams look for in a young, signal caller. He threw 49 touchdown passes in only 29 career starts.
"Sleeper" -- Seth Burford (Cal-Poly) -- Burford is a big QB (6-3, 240 lbs.) with a solid arm. He has the ability to read defenses and understands the game well. His level of competition is questionable, but his potential would make him an intriguing late-round choice.
John Murphy, is the editor of www.draft2002.com and Director of Scouting and Evaluation for NL Sports. Be sure to check out the most in-depth, up-to-the-minute 2002 NFL Draft website and you can also email your draft questions to John from the www.draft2002.com website. This is the first in a series of draft reports by position that he will be providing for us. The top prospect at each position will be highlighted followed by a complete look
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