When it comes to quarterbacks, the Cleveland Browns and the draft, the focus is on the No. 4 pick in the first round and whether they would spend it — if they have the chance — on Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. But Cleveland also has the No. 26 overall choice in Round 1, plus No. 35 in the second round.
So suppose the Browns decide to pick Derek Carr, the former Fresno State star. There is an intriguing aspect to taking Carr: A team could also bring in a veteran NFL QB to act as a big brother — because he actually is Carr’s big brother.
David Carr, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL before sitting out last year, has said he’d be willing to sign with whichever team drafts his younger brother and help Derek acclimate to pro football.
"There are probably about six or seven teams that have been real interested in that scenario, so we'll see what happens. It's going to be exciting,'' David Carr told Cleveland.com. "For brotherly, selfish reasons, that would be great.''
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Unlike another veteran QB who might not have Derek Carr’s best interests at heart, David would be filling the mentor role.
“I know veteran guys come in a lot of times, and they don't want the young guy to play,” David Carr said. “They're going to be a teammate, but are they going to go to that next level to make sure this kid really succeeds? I can guarantee you that's the case with us. … That's the goal — to get him to play at a high level and to go out and use the experience that I've kind of gained over the last decade or so and try and help him out.''
David Carr, 34, was the top pick in the 2002 draft, the first player drafted by the expansion Houston Texans. He spent a lot of his career picking himself up off the ground after getting drilled by opposing rushers. In three of his five years in Houston, he was sacked more than any other NFL quarterback. He hasn’t started a game since 2007 with the Carolina Panthers.