Might there be a new Carr in the Raiders immediate future?
When the NFL draft reconvenes Friday at 4 p.m., the Raiders have the fourth selection at No. 36 overall, and if no team trades to move ahead of them, chances are the record-setting Fresno State quarterback will be there for the taking.
Houston, which opens at No. 33, once upon a time drafted Carr’s brother David as the first pick in the history of the franchise. It didn’t go well, and it seems unlikely they want to revisit history to a skeptical fan base.
Washington is up next and already has Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. Out of the first round, the Redskins aren’t shopping for a quarterback with their first pick of 2014. Cleveland, at No. 35, already selected Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in the first round at No. 22.
The brings up the Raiders, with general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen both stating publicly they’d like to bring in a young quarterback to go along with veteran free agent Matt Schaub and second-year player Matt McGloin.
Carr finished a decorated career with a flourish in Fresno State’s spread offense, passing for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions. It was at least a mild surprise he fell out of Round 1, with Blake Bortles Central Florida going to Jacksonville at No. 3, Manziel to the Browns at No. 22 and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater closing out the first round by going to Minnesota.
There have been unconfirmed reports of the Raiders having a serious interest in Carr to the point where there was speculation he could be targeted if they had moved back in the first round.
Instead, the Raiders stayed put and landed linebacker Khalil Mack, who is tentatively scheduled to arrive at the facility Friday.
If another team moves up to take Carr, or the Raiders are looking elsewhere and seeking to get their quarterback farther down the line _ they’ve been linked with Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage _ they could look to fill another void.
Some possibilities at No. 36:
— Wide receivers Marquise Lee of USC and Devonte Adams of Fresno State.
Lee’s stats because of injuries and poor play at quarterback following the graduation of Matt Barkley. At 6-foot, 192 pounds, Lee was forecast to go as early as No. 22 by ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, only to fall out of the first round. As the Pac-12’s freshman of the year in 2011, he caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns and followed that up with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns in winning the Fred Biletnikoff award and the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.
Last season, Lee had 57 receptions for 794 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans struggled at quarterback and Lee had a sore knee.
Adams, Carr’s teammate at Fresno State and a graduate of Palo Alto High, is bigger at 6-2, 216 and caught 22 touchdown passes in 26 career games. He caught 131 passes for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns, with a skill set that has been compared to James Jones, the veteran former Green Bay Packers the Raiders added as a free agent in the offseason.
— Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, who at 6-foot-7 and 322 pounds, is imposing, athletic and played well in the college football’s top training ground for facing defensive linemen _ the Southeastern Conference.
— UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, a 6-4, 307 pound former Eagle scout who is considered polished enough to play right away.
— A running back to put in the mix with Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, with Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, LSU’s Jeremy Hill and Auburn’s Tre Mason all opening the day available.
No running backs were taken in Round 1 for second year in a row. Until last season, when no running backs were chosen, at least one running back had went in the first round in every year from 1967 through 2012.