The Raiders have their quarterback of the future.
Derek Carr, a record-setting quarterback at Fresno State, was the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, taken No. 36 overall.
Carr will presumably be the understudy for trade acquisition Matt Schaub, who both general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen said was brought in to be the starter.
Other quarterbacks on the roster are second-year player Matt McGloin and veteran Trent Edwards.
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.
There was speculation Carr would be a first-round draft pick, but instead he was left waiting until the second day while Central Florida’s Blake Bortles went No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater to Minnesota at No. 32.
Carr, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, is considered the best pure passer in the draft by former Raiders quarterback and and CBS analyst Rich Gannon.