Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: August 18, 2012
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Fresno State Athletics | Illustration by Chris Steuber
The younger brother of David Carr, Derek has all of the tools and could develop into a first-round pick in 2014.
Over the last decade, Fresno State has produced three first-round picks (David Carr, Logan Mankins and Ryan Mathews) and has had at least one player drafted every year since 2001. That streak could be in jeopardy next April, as the Bulldogs only have three senior prospects, running back Robbie Rouse, linebacker Travis Brown and safety Phillip Thomas, who's returning from a severe leg injury, that are viewed as being draftable at this time.
But, this time of year is all about due diligence, and through the first two weeks of fall camp, scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have observed practice in Fresno.
While the senior pool of prospects isn’t deep, the Bulldogs’ underclassmen have a lot of potential, and it all starts with their 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior quarterback Derek Carr. The younger brother of former No. 1 overall selection David Carr, Derek, in his first-year as a starter in 2011, displayed great promise as he completed 62.6-percent of his passes for 3,544 yards, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He still has a lot to improve on and will likely stay at Fresno State to refine his game, but he has all of the tools and the pedigree that NFL scouts value.
Some other underclassmen to keep an eye on for the future are wide receivers A.J. Johnson and Isaiah Burse, cornerback L.J. Jones, offensive tackle Austin Wentworth and linebackers Jeremiah Toma and Patrick Su’a.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography