Fresno Bee Sunday columnist David White handicaps where former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr could end up at the NFL Draft.
1. CLEVELAND BROWNS
- How it happens: Browns package their No. 26 overall pick -- their second of two first-round picks -- to jump in front of quarterback-needy Arizona to snap up Carr at No. 19.
- Why it happens: Cleveland hasn't found a franchise QB since its rebirth in 1999, and has spent enough offseason time with Carr to love what they see.
- Pros: Cleveland has been a Factory of Sadness for so long, the city is dying to embrace a hero.
- Cons: They're the Cleveland Browns for a reason. This is where quarterback dreams go to die.
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- How it happens: The Raiders won't pick Carr fifth overall but will trade back into the back half of the first round to take Carr before the Browns can.
- Why it happens: General manager Reggie McKenzie is looking for a character-first quarterback, and Carr fits the bill.
- Pros: The trade for Matt Schaub buys time for Carr to develop into the quarterback of the future.
- Cons: Have you seen the offensive line? Derek would relive David Carr's rookie nightmare.
- How it happens: There's a sudden run on quarterbacks in the front half of the first round, allowing Carr to fall to them at No. 20 overall.
- Why it happens: Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer is 34. The Cardinals need to groom a replacement, and Carr is a cardboard cutout of a younger Palmer.
- Pros: Carr gets to learn under a solid veteran and eventually inherit a winning team.
- Cons: You mean he's got to face the 49ers and Seahawks defenses four times a year?
- How it happens: If the top of the QB class stumbles down the draft charts, the Jaguars get first dibs on Carr when the second-round begins Friday.
- Why it happens: The Jaguars coached Carr at the Senior Bowl, visited his Pro Day, hosted him on a visit. ... That's a lot of due diligence going on.
- Pros: Carr can get straight to his NFL education as a rookie starter.
- Cons: They're the Jaguars, enough said.
- How it happens: An unexpected run of quarterbacks in the top 10 leaves the Titans needing to take the best QB still on the board when they pick 11th.
- Why it happens: Returner Jake Locker is the answer, only if the question is "Who is about to lose their starting gig?"
- Pros: New coach Ken Whisenhunt knows how to develop quarterbacks, and can use Carr's experience in both spread and pro-style offenses.
- Cons: No more running back Chris Johnson means lots of heavy lifting for the quarterback.
- Kansas City: The Chiefs haven't locked up veteran Alex Smith to a long-term deal, and we all know how much coach Andy Reid loves to collect future quarterbacks.
- Tampa Bay: Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford passed on Carr at Cal. Will he do it again?
- Minnesota: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner couldn't say enough about Carr at his Pro Day.
- Houston: With the No. 1 overall pick, the Texans ... please, no. Just, no.