David Carr was the top overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, the first player ever taken by the Houston Texans. Derek, who also went to Fresno State and, like his elder brother enters the league with a wife and child, went 36th overall when Oakland selected him in the second round Friday night.
Eleven years younger than David, Derek Carr also must hope he gets better protection with the Raiders than David did with Houston. David Carr never reached the expectations of a No. 1 pick, in great part because he was sacked so often during his time with the Texans.
Derek Carr rewrote the Bulldogs' record book, throwing for more than 10,000 yards and 100 touchdown passes.
Carr, who led Fresno State to consecutive Mountain West Conference titles in his final two seasons, passed for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. He guided a spread offense that relied on his quick decision making, fast release and ability to move in the pocket. All in a season where his son was born with a serious problem with his intestines a month before he stepped on the field.
Oakland acquired veteran Matt Schaub to be its starter, but he will get a serious push from Carr.
In other early picks Friday:
— Houston had 20 hours to think about the first pick of the second round, then went for a blocker. To barely a whimper of reaction from the Radio City Music Hall crowd, the Texans selected UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. He joins the first overall pick, defensive disrupter Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, in Houston.
The two of them can have fun colliding against each other in minicamps and training camp. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Su'a-Filo, who went on a Mormon mission while in college, also has played tackle.
— The Cowboys took Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who they hope will emulate their departed sacks leader with the same first name, DeMarcus Ware, now with Denver.
— Cleveland, more active than any team in the first round, added a protector for Johnny Manziel by grabbing guard Joel Bitonio of Nevada, who also can play tackle or center. The Browns caused the biggest stir on opening night when they traded up to No. 22 to get Johnny Football.
The teams already were busy on the trade block, with five in the first 75 minutes of the second round. There were only five all through the opening round on Thursday.
For the first time, through 46 picks, no running backs had been selected.
AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo and Sports Writer Simmi Buttar contributed to this story.
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