Derek Carr is the last quarterback still in place from the 2014 NFL draft

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When Blake Bortles was cut by the Jaguars and picked up by the Rams, he became the 13th quarterback from the 2014 NFL draft to leave the team that drafted him. Now only Derek Carr remains.

Bortles was first quarterback selected and the third overall pick in 2014, and he lasted five seasons in Jacksonville. His was not a good career, but it was pretty good by the standards of the 2014 quarterback class.

Other than Carr, there’s only one quarterback from that class who’s projected to be a starter this season: Jimmy Garoppolo, who was chosen in the second round by the Patriots and traded to the 49ers, where he’s currently atop the depth chart, as long as his surgically repaired knee holds up.

Overall, that draft is a major disappointment at the quarterback position. While Carr is the only one still with the team that drafted him, four are currently plying their trade in the Alliance of American Football: First-round pick Johnny Manziel, fifth-round pick Aaron Murray, sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger and sixth-round pick Garrett Gilbert.

Other than Carr, Garoppolo and Bortles, first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater is the only quarterback from the 2014 draft who’s still in the NFL. The rest — Logan Thomas, Tom Savage, David Fales, Keith Wenning and Tajh Boyd — are currently not on NFL rosters. It wasn’t a good year for quarterbacks.

51 responses to “Derek Carr is the last quarterback still in place from the 2014 NFL draft

  1. Generally speaking it’s always a bad year for QB’s . There is not a bigger bust position than QB (except maybe head coach) in the nfl….Think about it….there are only 32 starting jobs- Brady been at it now for almost 20 years now, and is atop the NFL…..most of the best are all older guys- only a handful from the past several years…and unless you have 4 years of starting in the NFL, it does not count. Plent can be one yeaar wonders….just wait a few years and they can really start to breakdown the tape on you.

  2. I think on average all drafts are major disappointments for QB prospects. Doesn’t matter where they are drafted, the bust rate is still high.

  3. He’ll never get the Raiders to the promised land. He’s a mid pack QB at best. ADalton/Tannehill clone.

  4. ghostofmyra says:

    March 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Derek Carr will win 6 Super Bowls before he is 40.

    Derek Carr > Everyone else!
    25 million per year bust Joe, nice new username.

  5. Yeah but I am sure PFT celebrated it as 1983 all over again because 5 went. Just like last year, when 1 looks great, 1 looks he has potential. and the other three probably aren’t.

    Quantity ain’t the same as quality.

  6. 24thusernameused says:
    March 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    Carr is a bust too. Raiders just haven’t figured that out yet!
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    compared to who?

  7. Raiders are starting to figure out that Carr is a guy who will not take them anywhere long term and are looking to upgrade at the QB position. Word is that Oakland loves Kyler Murray and Gruden is going to do whatever it takes to make sure Murray is an OAK Raider on April 26th. If that is the case it wouldnt cost them the farm to move up from #4 to #1 overall, I could see OAK trading #27 in RD1 and a 3rd round pick to move up to #1 to grab Murray w/ Keim doing Gruden a solid after Gruden did Keim a solid last year when AZ slid up to 10th overall to draft Josh Rosen. Murray would create A TON OF BUZZ that they really need for 2020 when they move to Las Vegas, Murray would create the kind of hype that sells tickets which OAK desperately needs when they move to Vegas. Especially considering what their asking for PSL at there new stadium in Vegas. Murray sells PSLs.

  8. ghostofmyra says:
    March 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    Derek Carr will win 6 Super Bowls before he is 40.

    Derek Carr > Everyone else!

    Wow. No way that turns out to be true.

  9. These boom and bust cycles for QBs tell me that the shortage isn’t really “quality QBs”. The shortage is “quality coaches” who can get something out of any QB.

  10. Carr would be an upgrade for more than a few teams.
    Don’t quite understand all the animosity toward him.

  11. Carr is a top 15 guy in the league forsure.

    When he had the best oline in the league next to the cowboys he proved he could sling it, last few years he hasnt had the same production from his oline.

    The only real criticism i have of Carr is his ability to play like a coward from time to time, ya Brady checks the ball down every other play but he also knows when to let it go down the field as well. Carr seems to be gun shy from time to time and i understand he doesnt wanna turn the ball over but sometimes you gotta let your guys make plays, with the talent acquired this offseason it takes alot of excuses off the table for Carr, if he cant get it done this year then hes gone forsure, and its a shame hes arguably one of the best QBs to ever wear the Black n Silver and i dont wanna go through another rebuild with a young QB..

  12. The Keener Observer says:
    March 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Carr would be an upgrade for more than a few teams.
    Don’t quite understand all the animosity toward him.

    Its because he is on the Raiders. Raiders get alot of hate even though they have been crap for so many years. people want to call him a bust, but go look at his stats for the first 5 years in the league, and those are on teams that either had the worst defense in the NFL or WRs leading the league in drops.

    infact compare his first 5 years to Big Bens ( who everybody says is a future HOF ) first 5, and Ben was on stacked super bowl talented teams.

  13. Carr is the NFL record holder for most completions by a QB in their first 5 years. He is also one of only 2 QBs in NFL history with at least 300 completions in their 1st 5 seasons in the NFL. The other guy is Peyton Manning.

    In 2800 career passing attempts, Carr has only 54 INTs!! Carr is two seasons off of a 28 TD 6 INT season, and last year in his first season in Grudens system he put up career highs in yardage and Completion percentage, 4049 and 69%.

    I know Carr gets a lot of hate, but I think any of the teams that drafted those other guys would have loved to get that kind of return from their guy. Carr has completely DUSTED the rest of this draft class and is actually ascending. Actually looking forward to seeing what he can do with a year of continuity with Gruden plus AB to toss passes to.

    And to think of the number of mock drafts that had Teddy Bridgewater as the #1 pick back when it all started. Wild times.

  14. 2015 qb draft class wasn’t much better… teams that drafted them aren’t totally committed to them and its because they are struggling still…

  15. He played through a broken back. It did make him a skiddish, but as the season went by he got more and more comfortable. All the hate is just that. He’s already working with Antonio Brown so if you really think Kyler Murray is going to Oakland think again. Carr is over 2 to 1 TD vs int’s, can move and can sling it down field. Give him weapons and he will thrive.

  16. “Keith Wenning”

    Had to look him up. Kind of crazy story in that he was connected to 5 professional teams but never played in a real game. Ravens drafted him in 6th round but cut him in preseason. After Andy Dalton broke a finger, he was A.J. McCarron’s backup in Cincy for a few games but he never took a snap. Was on practice squad for Giants. Played a preseason game for Bills. Finished up on practice squad of Toronto Argonauts.

  17. You forgot to mention AJ McCarron, who I guess is out of the league right now. I have to admit, I thought at least one of Mettenberger, Murray or McCarron would end up as an above average NFL starter. They were all pretty good college QB’s, and I thought at least one would out-perform his NFL projection.

  18. Gruden will run this team into the ground. Fix the offensive, get some wrs and Carr will show how good he is. Like two years ago when he was killing it. He should tell gruden to drop dead and demand a trade.

  19. 2013 and 2015 QBs weren’t great either. So before everyone gets all bent out of shape over this year’s QB class let’s jist remember that the odds are pretty good it will suck more than it won’t.

    As for the hate for Carr, I don’t get it. Can’t stand the Raiders or their fans. One of the most delusional fan bases in all of sports. But they have a legit guy at QB. Maybe he won’t be a top five guy, but he’s plenty good enough. Guy has been running for his life beyond that woeful line, and he’s a bit gun shy as a result, but the tools are there to be a good enough QB to win a SB.

  20. Chaunc922
    Your right but with belechic, there is scheme that is better than any coach the raiders have had. Giving brady the outlet he needs to throw to their feet to avoid a sack at times. Certainly his release is quick enough. Bradyvwasnt getting bull rushed in his face either.

    That scheme and player placement on the gridiron doesn’t or didn’t exist with oak. And with the #2 line that year, scheme wasn’t needed to help have the outlet, they got first downs running the ball at 12-4.

    The Moves oak has made, even if 50% of them really help, will still be dependent on the play of the TE. Sure hope raiders match Cooks offer, whatever it is. That TE/QB chemistry is tough to put together in only a year.

    “He’ll never get the Raiders to the promised land. He’s a mid pack QB at best. ADalton/Tannehill clone.”
    Dude, as if! Tannehill? Really? When did he get his team to the playoffs? Or have a double digit win season?

    That’s a plain idiotic statement of you to make. You just severely discounted everything you post for the future on this site with that.

    Sorry to say but.

    Some people just don’t know football.

  21. radrntn says:
    March 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm
    24thusernameused says:
    March 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    Carr is a bust too. Raiders just haven’t figured that out yet!
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    compared to who?


    Patrick Mahones

  22. Don’t follow Carr or the Raiders much but it seemed that Carr was gonna be a real good QB initially. Seemed to have that “it” factor. What happened to him?

  23. Here are the facts, MR Football. David Carr has had 1 winning season. Then he went one and done in the playoffs. Every other season was a disaster. Tannehill has also made the playoffs. In 2016. With a double digit win season. At least he had 2 8-8 seasons besides that. Please, try to teach me about FB, lol

  24. Derek Carr. Stiff. Name 10 QBs in the NFL that are worse. Don’t give me the young ones that no GM would take Carr over. He’s not even in the top 20.

  25. SWFLPC.INC says:
    March 19, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    radrntn says:
    March 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm
    24thusernameused says:
    March 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    Carr is a bust too. Raiders just haven’t figured that out yet!
    – – – – – – – – – —
    compared to who?


    Patrick Mahones
    – — – – – – – – – – –

    I will circle back with you in 3 years….no doubt he is at least a one hit wonder, but nobody makes it to Canton on one season.

    As far as tedmurph, here I will try to teach you…Derek Carr was not one and done…he had a broken leg that year when he was going to be MVP (finished second after breaking his leg) . He never played in a playoff game. After our back up QB (McGloin) also got injured the final week, Connor Cook got the start. That is why they were one and done-

  26. Carr started since rookie yr. Give him some talent and he produces. He has no supporting cast, 51 sacks in 2018…along with 3 different OC last 3 years. 2016 playoff birth by Carr, what did they do without him in playoff game?…LOSE. Keep him Chucky, he’s a Raider!

  27. Lol… there was a rumor that the offensive line decided to intentionally get him killed because he would not kneel with them. Is that how the story goes? Regardless if it was true or not, there’s really no more excuses left for Carr. He has two great receivers on his team now.

  28. raiderdave31

    Um i didnt mention tanny or dalton so i dunno why youre trying to put words in mouth. I simply made the point that Carr is atleast better than half the league and a high level guy most teams would love to have.

    Didnt say anything about Carr not carrying the team to a promise land or w,e youre sound like youre arguing with yourself. BTW Tannehill and Dalton have both been to the playoffs, so youre wrong there since youre so keen on pretending to no more about football.

    Have a good one though.

  29. Carr might be the 3rd best QB in the West. He’s never won at Arrowhead, and with recent developments (the Chiefs have the best QB in football) he certainly never will. He’s a poor mans Alex Smith.

  30. Carr is a system QB who is as good or bad as his coaching and surrounding players. He excelled with a good o-line and under Bill Musgrave’s coaching in 2015/2016. He performed poorly under Downing and Gruden and with a bad o-line.

    Gruden is a misfit for Carr both in terms of his dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system and his aggressive in-your-face nonsense. If Carr performs poorly again in 2019 then Gruden will throw him under the bus but IMO it’ll be on Gruden. And if Carr gets into a new offense with competent offensive coaching and a decent o-line then he will probably recapture his 2015/2016 form.

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