Derek Carr: “I want to mess up the draft, I don’t want the first pick”

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Don’t you dare talk to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr about tanking.

Carr said today that his top goal for the final six games of the season is to put the Raiders in a position where they won’t be drafting first overall in April.

“I want to mess up the draft. I don’t want the first pick,” Carr said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Carr did a good job of messing up the draft on Sunday, leading the Raiders to a win over the Cardinals that knocked Oakland down in the draft order, from first last week to third this week.

If Carr keeps leading the Raiders to victory, it could help him solidify his job in two ways: It could convince coach Jon Gruden that Carr is the right man to lead the franchise, and it could keep the Raiders from drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick.

48 responses to “Derek Carr: “I want to mess up the draft, I don’t want the first pick”

  1. Then he needs to be benched. It’s best for the franchise to get the first pick. He should have kept this to himself

  2. The Ravens play the Raiders this week. Considering the football purgatory that’s existed since 2013 under Harbaugh, I’m totally fine with Carr winning another meaningless game.

  3. Eff drafting a QB in the 1st round, no matter where they finish. They need HOGS upfront, on both sides of the ball. Build in the trenches FIRST and then find skill positions.

    QB’s need time to deliver a ball. RB’s need holes so they can run through them.

    Build the O and D Lines! Protect your skill positions and put pressure on theirs with your front 7. Amazing how many deficiencies a good O=line and front 7 cover-up.

  4. Then he needs to be benched. It’s best for the franchise to get the first pick. He should have kept this to himself..

  5. Teams really shouldn’t be afraid to tank. A win in week 17 a couple years ago cost the Niners Myles Garrett. They instead picked bust Solomon Thomas at 3.

  6. Carr needs some pieces around him.

    TE, WRs and a solid Oline.

    Plenty of work to be done on defense, as well.

    Carr can lead this team, but he needs help.

    Lots of help.

    Maybe he needs to pray more.

    But, if God already has his “plan” in place for everyone, why are we always praying to him to change his mind?

    Go thump a Bible and let that ratttle around in your melon for a bit.

  7. Good. Any team that deliberately tanks a season to get the best pick should be penalized by the league. It most likely won’t happen, but it should. It’s not fair to the fan base or the guys still on the team. I hope that when Gruden got wind of Carr’s statement,he immediately turned into Chucky.

  8. I will never stop commenting this. Why do Teams with the worst record get rewarded with the chance to draft the best player? drop them out of the league to second division and promote the second division champ. If the company I Work for is failing, we don’t get rewarded. nfl is the biggest joke.

  9. It could also convince Gruden to bench Carr or come up with a phantom injury, because Gruden wants to lose.

  10. Team has been so sick for so long it probably won’t make a difference one way or the other –raiders have had a ton of high picks over the past 15 years and look where they are…..they are not great a drafting or any other aspect of running a team

  11. GRUDEN GRUDEN GRUDEN LOL You know the quality of his coaching when his plan is to tank. He just wants to last long enough to get to Vegas and be in the limelight…with the chippies.

  12. I will never stop commenting this. Why do Teams with the worst record get rewarded with the chance to draft the best player?
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    Then you will never get it. What league would you relegate them to? What fictional team would move up? Keep watching the silly soccer where pretending to be hurt is an acceptable form of strategy.

  13. Keep watching the silly soccer where pretending to be hurt is an acceptable form of strategy.
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    We all know soccer is dumb and boring. But they did invent the idea of kicking the worst “Division 1” team down to “division 2” and moving the best D2 team up to the D1.It would almost certainly never be a real possibility in the NFL, but if you don’t find the idea is undeniably a little intriguing.

  14. Watch it buddy….chuckles and Captain Kangaroo (aka Dumb and Dumber) just might pull a Tonya Harding on your knee.

  15. Carr and Gruden would be doing the right thing by trying to win every game this season. It bums me out to hear people say that the Raiders or any NFL team would ‘tank’ to go higher in the draft. It’s just wrong, You have to play to WIN.

  16. Overall, the NFL is not the NBA. In the NBA, you have seen one player totally dominate. In the NBA, the #1 pick usually is the type of player that can turn your franchise round (except you, Markelle Fultz.) In the NFL, tanking is a huge risk. Getting the #1 pick in the NFL guarantees you very little. Oakland needs to be playing as tough as they can because they are evaluating guys for next year. If I am Gruden, I want to see who’s playing hard when the games ‘do not matter.’

  17. He’s just not very bright. And he could get away with that if he was talented. Alas, he’s not that either.

    Carrbage.

  18. Carr will be traded in the offseason, you can’t win in the NFL with a replacment-level starter making $25 million.

  19. Even if Gruden keeps all three picks (which he won’t), does anyone believe that in four years the Raiders are going to pay them and resign Mo Hurst? Gruden has crippled this franchise for the next decade.

  20. If nothing else,this is proof that there is no love lost between Carr and Gruden. My money’s on Carr being somewhere else next season,since Gruden probably wants to draft his replacement.

  21. He should want the first overall pick….it might be his best chance out of Oakland (or Vegas).

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