Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Next Franchise Quarterback Is Derek Carr

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation has been a swing and a miss for the past couple of years. From Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, the one and done Josh Freeman and even Matt Cassel the carrousel of QB’s have made the entire state nauseous say the least.

I think everyone is in agreement with each, for the most part, that with the eighth pick the Vikings need to pick a QB that can be the franchise guy that the fans are looking for.

And don’t get me wrong they’ve come close a couple times. Daunte Culpepper and Brett Favre carried the team as close to a super bowl as the team is ever going to get.

In this division most of the teams have the franchise quarterback. And if the Vikings are smart, they will go for him in NFL Draft.

In (hopefully) walks Derek Carr.

Carr is widely considered a top-ten pick in this year’s draft class. He had an awesome senior year at Fresno State. He has already displayed an arm that could make Christian Ponder stare in awe and was able to lead the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record while throwing for 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Carr has the intangibles and the ability to become the Vikings’ next franchise quarterback IF he falls to the eighth pick in the draft. He would be an immediate upgrade over Ponder and would be able to correct his flaws if Minnesota’s next head coach can pair him with a solid offensive coordinator.

Many will be turned off because of the failure of his brother, David, but the Vikings have the talent to help make sure this won’t happen. By relying on Adrian Peterson on the ground and using Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings to their full potential, Derek can make the quick rise to superstardom his brother couldn’t.

With the team’s recent struggles, it will be important to find a franchise quarterback to keep up with their division rivals. If they can get Carr, that hole will be filled and the Vikings can compete in a wide open NFC North.

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  • 3kolu

    If I had to choose the most important factor in the success of a QB, it would be chemistry. Chemistry presupposes that they have the ingredients, athleticism, intelligence, arm-strength, accuracy, pocket presence, competitiveness, leadership, and toughness for instance, to be successful. You never know what combination of factors a certain individual may possess. Escapability for example, Russell Wilson is a master of escaping because of his pocket presence, size, strength, speed and quickness. Ben Rothlisberger and Cam Newton’s escapability have to do with their size, strength and pocket presences as well. Even, when they are in the grasp, they are hard to bring down. While Cam has the ability to go up field, Ben tries to extend plays by going side-to-side. Carr would be more likened to Cam because he likes to take off down the field, Wilson does this skillfully as well. I’d like to see a better pocket presence and better footwork from Carr. If the Vikings drft him, it would behoove them to build a system around his specific talent set. They have the personnel to do it, but the question is how long before he can become a force. I’m absolutely convinced the best way to raise up a QB is with patience. Unfortunately, patience is not afforded QB’s drafted drafted in the 1st round. There is now ay he can figure out this game by the start of next season, this has to be looked at not as a sprint or a marathon, but more like 200 meter event. At a very fast pace, unless they keep Cassel who can be successful till Carr is ready. Or they could go after a prized free agent such as Matt Schaub that would definitely be a win-win for the Vikings. Allowing Carr to benefit from a quality veterans tutelage while he learns the game at it’s most scrutinized position.