ALAMEDA -- Derek Carr was convinced that the Raiders were interested in taking him in the NFL draft.
What Carr didn't know is that it wouldn't happen until Friday's second round, No. 36 overall.
In the end, Carr was happy at where he landed, as were the Raiders, who made the Fresno State star their fourth highest-selected quarterback in franchise history.
Much later in the day, the Raiders took Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson, a two-time All-America, in the third round with the 81st selection.
Originally drafting at No. 67, the Raiders dealt that pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for No. 81 and an additional pick in the fourth round, No. 116.
It was a long day for Carr and a group of family and well-wishers at his home in Bakersfield on Thursday as three quarterbacks went off the board -- Blake Bortles of Central Florida at No. 3, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M at No. 22 and Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32.
The Raiders, rumored to be interested in taking Carr in the first round if they had traded back, instead selected Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack at No. 5.
"I knew how they felt about me," Carr told reporters in a conference call. "They were very open with that. I didn't know when it was going to be. When they were coming back up, I didn't know what they were going to do or if they were going to do it, but I'm glad that they did."
With general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen having already proclaimed trade acquisition Matt Schaub as the starting quarterback, Carr will presumably be a reserve, with second-year player Matt McGloin and veteran Trent Edwards also on the roster.
McKenzie and Allen were not available to the media following Friday's selections, but leading up to the draft they had made public their interest in bringing in a quarterback to develop for the future.
Director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales said Carr was atop their board Friday, but that there was never any intention of moving up to make sure he wasn't picked before the Raiders got their second-round turn.
Only three quarterbacks have been drafted higher by the franchise since the merged draft began in 1967 -- JaMarcus Russell at No. 1 in 2007, Marc Wilson at No. 15 in 1980 and Todd Marinovich at No. 24 in 1980.
When asked if he was competing to start, Carr, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, wasn't about to step into a quarterback controversy before setting foot in the building.
"That's for the coaches to decide. I'm going to be the same person every day," Carr said. "I told them, I appreciate you calling, you know what you're getting. I'm going to come in, I'm going to work and I'm going to compete and I'm going to try and make the team better."
Carr finished a decorated career with a flourish in Fresno State's spread offense, passing for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions in his senior season.
The brother of David Carr, the first overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in 2002, Derek Carr has an advanced education that includes study of NFL film as early as age 12.
"I learned everything that he did right and everything that he did wrong," Derek Carr said of his brother. "He's told me that he hopes he made the path smoother for me as I transition into the NFL."
CBS analyst and former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon called Derek Carr "the best pure passer" in the draft, and others who spoke in glowing terms in days leading up to the draft included former star NFL quarterbacks Joe Montana and Kurt Warner.
Critics point to Fresno State's short-passing offense and that Carr racked up much of his yardage on screens and short crossing routes and still had to prove he could throw the ball with authority downfield. He also rarely has taken snaps from center over the past two years.
"I don't respond to that stuff," Carr said. "I just keep my head down and work. If it works out on the field, then great. If not, I'm going to watch film and I'm going to correct it and move forward."
Jackson, 6-3 and 336 pounds, is a powerful interior blocker who said he hadn't had much contact with the Raiders other than speaking to line coach Tony Sparano at the Senior Bowl.
"I feel like I fit in with their play-style and physical play," Jackson said. "I feel like they want strong, physical offensive linemen."
Jackson is exclusively a left guard, the spot occupied last season by veteran returnee Khalif Barnes. Jackson will provide competition for Barnes.
"I feel he can play early," Clinkscales said of Jackson. "If you were to build a guard physically, that's what they'd look like."