BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Heading into Thursday night's NFL Draft, many experts speculated that Bakersfield native Derek Carr could have his name called in the first round.
A star quarterback at Fresno State, and record setter at Bakersfield Christian High School, Carr's stock rose over his final season under center for the Bulldogs.
Many tabbed him as one of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft class.
But, the first round came and went with 32 picks being made. Three quarterbacks were taken in the first round - Blake Bortles to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3, Johnny Manziel to the Cleveland Browns at No. 22 and Teddy Bridgewater to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 32. But, no Carr.
The brother of former No. 1 overall pick, David Carr, taken by the Houston Texans in 2002, Derek Carr will have to wait at least another day.
Despite not being taken in the first round, Derek Carr, showed some perspective following the conclusion of last night's draft coverage.
"It does not matter to me at what spot I get picked," Carr said while addressing local media outside his brother's house in Bakersfield on Thursday night. "Yeah, as a competitor, of course, you wanna feel a certain way. But, does it change how I act? Does it change how I prepare? No."
The NFL Draft continues Friday night with rounds two and three. The Houston Texans, who took defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick, have the first pick of the second round, and are also said to be eying a quarterback.