Per NFL.com , the Oakland Raiders reportedly have a "massive crush" on quarterback Derek Carr.
The Fresno state product is generally viewed as the consensus fourth best quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft, behind Blake Bortles (great name by the way, just a great name), Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. He also happens to be the younger brother of former quarterack and 1st overall pick David Carr, which presumably eliminates any chance of the Texans pursuing his services.
Carr had what is being called an "impressive pro day" on the 20th of March in front of the entire Oakland coaching staff. When you send most of the big guns to a pro day, that generally signals something more than just due dilligence. Carr's tantalizingly strong arm should have more than a few teams in the first round interested come May, not just the Raiders.
So why is this news for the Steelers?
Well, the Steelers sit almost smack in the middle of the draft order, and barring a trade up they're draft board when it comes time to pick is at the mercy of the 14 teams preceeding them.
The one thing we can generally agree on is that the Steelers won't be targeting a quarterback in the 1st round, thus any Steelers fan should be pulling for at least three,hopefully four quarterbacks to go in the first 14 picks.
Every time you hear that any of the four top quarterbacks are viewed favourbly by teams picking in the 1st 14, you should have a big smile on your face. It means that one more "blue chip" prospect should be avaliable at a position the Steelers would draft.
The likelihood of the Raiders picking Carr at 5 however seems pretty small, considering they just signed Matt Shaub as a "competent" veteran starter. But in a draft where everyone reportedly wants to trade down, and the depth of talent is at an almost unprecedented level, can the Raiders really manage to shop the 5th overall pick for an acceptable price?
In addition, can they really move past 15 and still feel confident Carr will be on the boards?
Of course, all of this supposes they do actually intend to draft Carr in the 1st round. There's enough if's and but's to comftorbaly go around, but that's just the beauty of draft season for you.