This whole NFL draft business is nothing new to Derek Carr.
The former Fresno State quarterback, who is expected to hear his name called in Thursday's first round, has already done the "shake-hands-with-the-commissioner" routine. Carr got that out of the way when he was 11 and his brother, David, was the first overall pick of the 2002 NFL draft.
And even though he was still more than a decade away from his big day, Derek made sure to get a word in with then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
"I shook Commissioner Tagliabue’s hand and told him I'd be back," Carr told ESPN. "I guess that wasn't politically correct. But I was only 11, so I didn’t know too much."
— ESPN Front Row (@ESPNFrontRow) May 7, 2014
Bold words coming from a kid who had not yet entered high school. And they've come true. Sort of.
Tagliabue is no longer the NFL commissioner, and Carr won't be in New York City for the draft. He declined the invitation and will instead watch from his family's home in Bakersfield, Calif. But the rest is accurate.
After a stellar career at Fresno State, during which he established 27 school records and led the nation in 2013 in total offense (5,199 yards), total passing yards (5,082) and passing touchdowns (50), Carr is predicted to be a mid-to-late first round pick.
Unfortunately for Carr, he won't be able to shake hands with the commissioner, but with 100 family and friends crowding into his house, it should still be a memorable moment.
"There's nothing quiet about our house," David Carr told the Bakersfield Californian. "It'll be a good celebration. We'll have fun. The draft will be on, and I'm sure we'll know when he gets picked."
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