Posted May 9, 2014 10:39 pm - Updated May 10, 2014 12:30 am
NEW YORK — For once, Derek Carr didn’t emulate his older brother.
David Carr was the top overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, the first player ever taken by the Houston Texans. Derek, who also went to Fresno State and, like his elder brother enters the league with a wife and child, went 36th overall when Oakland selected him in the second round Friday.
Eleven years younger than David, Derek Carr also must hope he gets better protection with the Raiders than David did with Houston.
David Carr never reached the expectations of a No. 1 pick, in great part because he was sacked so often during his time with the Texans.
“I learned everything that he did right and everything that he did wrong,” Derek Carr said.
“He told me that if he could do anything, he hopes he made the path smoother for me as I transition into the NFL.”
Derek Carr rewrote the Bulldogs’ record book, throwing for more than 10,000 yards and 100 touchdown passes in his career.
He led Fresno State to consecutive Mountain West Conference titles in his final two seasons and passed for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. He guided a spread offense that relied on his quick decision making, fast release and ability to move in the pocket. All in a season where his son was born with a serious problem with his intestines a month before he stepped on the field.
Oakland acquired veteran Matt Schaub to be its starter, but he will get a serious push from Carr.
BULLDOG GOES TO COWBOYS
Former Silver Bluff and Boise State standout defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the second pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.
“I’m my own Demarcus,” Lawrence said. “I don’t like to try to be nobody else. I’m going to be me, and I’m going to do it well.”
The Cowboys traded up to get Lawrence with the 34th overall pick, addressing the league’s worst defense last season by giving their picks in the second and third rounds to NFC East rival Washington.
Dallas released franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a salary-cap move and is revamping most of its defensive front.
After a year at Butler Community College, Lawrence thrived with the Broncos, recording 9.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2012. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 251-pound Lawrence posted 72 tackles and 10.5 sacks. In his two seasons with the Broncos, he recorded 34 tackles for loss.
As a senior at Silver Bluff, Lawrence was named to The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area first team. Also, he was selected to the prestigious North-South All-Star Game.
– From staff and wire reports
TEXANS: Houston had 20 hours to think about the first pick of the second round, then went for a blocker. To barely a whimper of reaction from the Radio City Music Hall crowd, the Texans selected UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. He joins the first overall pick, defensive disrupter Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, in Houston.
The two of them can have fun colliding against each other in minicamps and training camp. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Su’a-Filo, who went on a Mormon mission while in college, also has played tackle.
BROWNS: Cleveland, more active than any team in the first round, added a protector for Johnny Manziel by grabbing guard Joel Bitonio of Nevada, who also can play tackle or center. The Browns caused the biggest stir on opening night when they traded up to No. 22 to get Johnny Football.
“I think he’s a heck of a quarterback,” Bitonio said. “Hopefully, he comes in and he’s ready to compete and just ready to work and do well for the Cleveland Browns.”
The teams already were busy on the trade block, with five in the first 75 minutes of the second round. There were only five all through the opening round on Thursday.
It took 54 selections, a draft record, for a running back to go. Bishop Sankey of Washington was chosen by the Titans, who cut Chris Johnson this spring. Two more went in the next three selections: Jeremy Hill of LSU to Cincinnati, and Carlos Hyde of Ohio State to San Francisco.
– Associated Press