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Derek Carr battles through flu at Pro Day workout

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With the Scouting Combine four weeks in the rear-view mirror and the official “Welcome to Primetime” still nearly seven weeks away, pre-draft process remains mired in the tedium of Pro Day workouts.

After bringing the perceived best recruits to Indy for medical exams, interviews, and (for those who chose to participate) workouts, scouts and coaches and General Managers are now crisscrossing the country to watch guys do some of the same stuff they did (or could have done) at the Scouting Combine.

The quarterbacks get the bulk of the focus, since they put on the most elaborate and detailed workouts — and because it’s a quarterback-driven league.  For Derek Carr, the younger brother of 2002 No. 1 overall pick David Carr, the Fresno State Pro Day had an extra degree of difficulty, thanks to a case of the flu.

Per the Associated Press, Derek Carr received IV fluids and medication after waking up vomiting.

“There were a couple of times my stomach was very tight, knotted up, but I had to take the game-day mindset and stay totally focused on the task at hand,” Derek Carr said, adding that he nearly threw up only once.

He completed 56 of 63 passes, but Carr said only one pass was off target, which implies that the other six were dropped.

“Every ball except one hit exactly where we wanted to,” Carr said. “The fact that one of them was a foot off, that’s a pretty good day.  Any Sunday, I’ll take that, absolutely.”

Any Sunday, he’d probably also take being able to throw without a defense to worry about.  Still, the non-football football exercise won Carr praise.

“Obviously, he was very impressive today,” Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said, via the AP.  “He came out and showed he has a strong arm, very accurate, he made all the throws.  He had a heck of a workout.”

Turner’s G.M., Rick Spielman, attended the workout, as did Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie.  Carr’s goal is to disrupt the presumed trio of Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel being the first quarterbacks off the board.

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24 Responses to “Derek Carr battles through flu at Pro Day workout”
  1. ytownie says: Mar 21, 2014 8:32 AM

    Were the Browns there? If not, I guess they are going after Joe Shmoe from Paduka U.

  2. theytukrjobs says: Mar 21, 2014 8:35 AM

    He’s probably the most likely out of the QB’s in this draft to actually be successful, but making the conversion from a pure shotgun/spread offense to the NFL is going to take time.

    But the dude can throw a football clearly better and more accurately than the other QB’s. And he has pedigree as well. His older brother was a #1 overall pick.

    And before you pull the “yeah but David Carr was a bust” card, keep in mind that the other guys probably have brothers who work at accounting firms or some other random “non-elite-athlete” type jobs.

  3. ttommytom says: Mar 21, 2014 8:39 AM

    My favorite QB in the draft.

    I think I’ve been right about as many times as all the experts. Which means NO ONE knows until one is under center in the NFL…

  4. cowboyhater says: Mar 21, 2014 8:43 AM

    That’s the same Norv Turner who became enamored with Heath Shuler….

  5. firerogergoodell says: Mar 21, 2014 8:51 AM

    I’ll be the one puking if the Vikings waste a pick on this guy! Top 3 or bust. This is not the time to get cute.

  6. gbmickey says: Mar 21, 2014 9:06 AM

    Is this is the same Turner who reduced Rivers down to a pedestrian qb and once he left Rivers became all pro again? Here comes Ponder 2.0 with the 8th pick this time.

  7. dbatrox21 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:07 AM

    Lets hope Derek doesn’t have to endure the beatings his older brother had to…

  8. ravenswhat says: Mar 21, 2014 9:20 AM

    lol so nerves are now being called the flu? That boy was wayyyy nervous!!

  9. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 21, 2014 9:46 AM

    I love the idea of the Texans picking a defensive star with the overall No. 1 pick, selecting Carr later in the draft, and then Carr going on to become the huge star his brother did not. … I love the idea … for a split second that is, because, wait a minute, I’m a Titans fan and that would be a harsh for us.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2014 9:50 AM

    You could do worse in the second round.

  11. lennymoorerules says: Mar 21, 2014 10:04 AM

    TO: ytownie-I think the Browns are afraid to draft a qb.

  12. kd75 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:12 AM

    He’s not nearly as handsome as his brother.

  13. 2ruefan says: Mar 21, 2014 10:17 AM

    Tired of all the”experts” deciding who is the best prospect, etc.
    Remember Tom Brady? How many predicted his success? Or Russell Wilson? Or Kapernick?

    IMHO, the one who has “bust” written ALL OVER him is Bridgewater. That guy is going to flame out.

    The rest of them.. who knows….

  14. bahoto34 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    He was not impressive at all his last three games. Losses at san jose state, usc, and the win at the senior bowl. David Fales outperformed him in that sjsu game and is going to be a nice late round pick

  15. bworacle says: Mar 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith did not attend Derek Carr’s Pro Day. That means 2 things. 1) Derek Carr will not be drafted by the Texans. 2) The Texans are going to draft a QB with the 1st Pick. If the Texans were not going to pick a QB with the first pick, they would be doing their full due diligence on all the QBs that might fall to them in the second round. Except for Garapolo they are not and 3/4 thru Bortles Pro Day Bill O’Brien was overheard saying I’ve seen everything I needed to see. Also, Ryan Fitzpatrick is perfect as a mentor to a rookie QB not a starter if you expect to return to the playoffs next season which they need to do to save Rick Smirh’s job. CASE CLOSED.

  16. Norseman says: Mar 21, 2014 10:49 AM

    The truth about this year’s crop of QBs is that every one of them could be a bust. I don’t see any greater chance of Carr being a bust than Bortles or Manziel or Bridgewater. Each have a strong skill set too, which could make them in time an elite QB.

    Tough call on which one is the best choice.

  17. ejmat2 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:37 AM

    I like Carr to succeed in the NFL and I believe his brother was given a bad rap. The guy did pretty well IMHO with a front line that couldn’t block a turtle.

    That being said, I think David Fales is the guy coming out of this draft to watch. Would be a nice 3rd rounder for a QB needy team. I’d even think about a 2nd rounder if a team is real needy to make sure you get him.

  18. flmike says: Mar 21, 2014 11:50 AM

    Welcome to Tampa Bay, as long as you’re still there in the 5th round that is, your old coach Teddy will be awaiting you with open arms….

  19. joemammy says: Mar 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    Manziel, not Carr, will be the bust of this year’s draft class. Book it.

  20. pftwd3 says: Mar 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    Vomiting is not a symptom of the flu.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    Spieldope and Norv Turner were at the workout. Vomiting is a symptom of being a Viking draft prospect.

  22. khmer379 says: Mar 22, 2014 4:13 AM

    He’ll be a viking!!

  23. jbvikes says: Mar 22, 2014 11:02 AM

    Grab him in the second round after you get the stud linebacker or corner in the first!

  24. r8dernation says: Mar 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    If pedigree does really mean something, stay away from this kid.

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