Looking at the QBs - Draft 2002

David Carr, Fresno State (6-3, 229 lbs., 4.68) Carr is one of the most polished college passers to enter the NFL since Peyton Manning (Indianapolis). 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.

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 at the position's other top prospects.

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