A Tale of Two Carrs

Derek Carr

The following is a short guest post by the awesome @2QBFF. He will be hosting a live draft party at SportableNFL, so don’t miss that tomorrow. And if you want more on the Derek Carr enthusiasm

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Salvatore Stefanile

INT. MUSIC CITY RADIO HALL – NIGHT

Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium.

The draft countdown clock with a Houston Texans logo hits the :59 second mark. Commissioner Goodell inches close to the podium microphone.

COMMISSIONER GOODELL

With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft… the Houston Texans select… David Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State.

DEREK CARR angrily stares down his agent. A befuddled DAVID CARR walks out from the audience. NWO theme music blares. The crowd chants ‘Holy Shit.’

David reaches out his hand to his brother, but Derek storms off.

Commissioner Goodell has no idea what’s going on.

Texans GM Rick Smith, owner Bob McNair and head coach Bill O’Brien await DAVID Carr’s arrival to the main stage. The trio hold up a Texans D. Carr “1” jersey.

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ESPN interview with David CARR and the Texans organization.

ESPN REPORTER

The first question for you guys, and what everybody at home is probably wondering, WTF?

GM RICK SMITH

We figured we’d get that type of reaction.

(he laughs to himself)

But throughout the whole draft process we maintained that we’d do what was best for this organization…

(beat)

What was best for the team…

(beat)

And, most importantly, what was best for the fans. And right from the get go we fell in love with David.

(beat)

All over again, I guess you could say. He didn’t have a bad Pro Day and his senior year’s 10.0 adjusted passing yards per attempt was third-best in the nation.

Texans Owner Bob McNair interjects himself into the interview.

OWNER BOB MCNAIR

It’s a new era. No longer are we tied to having to pay a rookie QB who’s never played a down of professional football $60 million.

(beat)

Instead, we only have to pay them about $25 million, and we can spend the rest on building an offensive line that didn’t allow 76 sacks during David’s first rookie year.

ESPN REPORTER

Coach O’Brien, how do you feel about the pick?

COACH BILL O’BRIEN

(gritting his teeth)

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more pro-ready QB than David. And we feel his years of experience in the NFL will be an asset to this organization; both in the long run and the short term.

ESPN REPORTER

But couldn’t you have just signed him for the veteran minimum?

GM RICK SMITH

We didn’t want to take the risk another team would sign him during the draft.

As the interview continues, Commissioner Goodell can be seen walking to the podium to make the next pick.

COMMISSIONER GOODELL

We have a trade to announce. The St. Louis Rams trade the number two overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans for Houston’s 2014 second round pick, their first round pick in 2015, and their first round pick in 2016.

(beat)

The Houston Texans are now on clock.

A Houston team representative can be seen off in the distance holding a D. Carr “2” jersey.

The Money in the Banana Stand Guide to the Draft

Bishop Sankey

“I’m in complete agreement with all those people who say, regarding movies, ‘I just want to be entertained.’ . . . That I am almost never entertained by what entertains other people who just want to be entertained doesn’t make us philosophically incompatible. It just means we shouldn’t go to movies together.”
— Richard Russo, Straight Man

Less than 48 hours remain before the 2014 extravaganza known as the NFL Draft. You may be looking for entertainment as you dig in for the festivities, but what entertains you about the Draft may not be what entertains other people who just want to be entertained by the Draft. If that’s the case, you probably want to visit RotoViz.

In the scant time that remains, you’ll want to cram in as much research as possible. It’s important to know just how devastated to be when your team trades up for Odell Beckham, settles for Kelvin Benjamin, or decides to wait on the quarterback position. If you’re less of a draft-oriented reader and more of a fantasy-phile, draft coverage doesn’t have to be consumed before the big day, but it still might be the most important part of your fantasy preparation.

Quarterbacks

 

Is Johnny Manziel the Best Quarterback Prospect Ever? 

The quarterback position is notoriously difficult to project. As a result, I’ve used a variety of screens – efficiency, accuracy, age, multi-season productivity, size, and rushing ability – to see who consistently rises to the top. Manziel comes out looking like Fran Tarkenton, but you might be surprised at some of the supposedly elite passers who struggle. A couple of undervalued gems also emerge.

The RotoViz Composite QB Rankings

Manziel doesn’t finish No. 1 in our staff rankings, but the top choice is also an excellent pick. In addition to sortable rankings from the RotoViz guys and quotes from Jon Moore and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, this piece includes age, weight, hand size, ball velocity, AYA, and Total QBR for all of the top prospects. A one-stop reference.

Running Backs

 

Andre Williams, Adrian Peterson, and the Three Draftable Profiles

Not all running backs succeed because of the same attributes, and it’s a mistake to grade them the same way. A year ago, I proposed three separate draftable profiles. Profile 1: The Workhorse, Profile 2: The Three-Down Star, and Profile 3: The In-Space Back. These sub-groups are built on my Agility Score and Vision Yards research for Pro Football Focus as well as my experience employing Zero RB in high stakes formats. In this first 2014 RB profile, I explore the lack of buzz surrounding Andre Williams and suggest he’s a discount Adrian Peterson.

Agility Scores and Bishop Sankey’s Ridiculous Comparables

Scouts have been down on Sankey for most of the spring, only for rumors to suddenly emerge that “real scouts” are now likening him to Emmitt Smith. Smith probably isn’t accurate but might he be the best prospect since Jamaal Charles?

The Under the Radar Back with All-Pro Comps

Tyler Gaffney labored in relative obscurity for the Stanford Cardinal, but all that should have changed when he tore up the NFL Combine. His draft slot will be one of the most interesting this weekend. I could see anything from 3rd to 7th round.

Four Explosive Agility Stars Who Will Be Cheap This Summer

Bill Connelly does excellent work for Football Study Hall, and the combination of his highlight yards stat with my Agility Score metric yields an undervalued foursome of potential stars. The Missouri Tigers had to limit Henry Josey this year as he recovered from a catastrophic knee injury, but he might be the most explosive back in the draft. Jerick McKinnon joins him as the class’s best athlete. Don’t forget Dri Archer, a better version of Tavon Austin who’ll be available for a fraction of the price.

Five Guys Who Could Be the Next Priest Holmes

The draft is about finding similar players for a fraction of the cost. Jonathan Bales has shown the value in targeting small school prospects, but how do you determine which deep sleeper to target? The Fantasy Douche provides a running back projection algorithm with uncanny accuracy. Using that information as a starting place, I’ve uncovered five undervalued prospects who might be better prospects than Carlos Hyde, Ka’Deem Carey, Isaiah Crowell, Charles Sims, and Devonta Freeman.

Is Charles Sims the Next DeMarco Murray?

A big receiving back with speed, Charles Sims could be in the RB2 conversation as a rookie. Do his comps suggest players like Maurice Jones-Drew and the aforementioned Murray, or are there some red flags that serve to water down his projection?

Is Jeremy Hill a Better Prospect than Carlos Hyde?

NFL teams desiring a big back are forced to choose between two bruisers with “football speed” if not actual speed. Fantasy leaguers in search of a high volume RB1 face the same decision. Hyde has been getting more publicity, but Hill projects better on almost all of my screens.

Devonta Freeman, Ka’Deem Carey, and the High Profile Red Flags

The Banana Stand comp machine doesn’t support the “tape don’t lie” thesis. Very few athletically-challenged runners emerge as fantasy forces. A closer look at the similar players will probably make you reconsider as well.

Contrarian Running Back Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

A PFF Fantasy profile looking at my Top 10 backs from this class.

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