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.