Actually, it was three years ago, in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The senior out of Fresno State had hoped to hear his name on Day 1. That didn’t happen, Carr instead earning the call the next day. Looking back, Carr offered in a Friday social media post, “a lot has happened” since then.
As Carr watched 2017’s second round play out, he reflected what his draft day meant to him. Word that year came from Reggie McKenzie as Carr watched Hall of Famer Willie Brown announce his selection.
On Instagram, Carr shared a throwback photo of him and his family in that moment.
The Raiders went 3-13 in Carr’s first year, 7-9 in 2015 and 12-4 last season, including the team’s first postseason berth since 2002.
On Thursday, Oakland selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round and his soon-to-be teammates greeted him with well-wishes.
That included Carr.
Cornerback Sean Smith, who signed with the Raiders in 2016, said he’s looking forward to working with the rookie.
Linebacker Bruce Irvin was surprised by how many Ohio State cornerbacks were taken in the first round.
The Raiders, who can only hope to spark the same kind of second-round magic they did three years ago, took UConn safety Obi Melifonwu (56th overall) on Friday.
Saturday, the draft concludes with Rounds 4-7.