Carr: I'm the best quarterback in the draft

Carr: I'm the best quarterback in the draft
April 15, 2014, 5:45 pm
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As far as quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class are concerned, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: There is quantity there.

Quality? That's where opinions diverge.

Quarterbacks Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel can be found in a variety of spots all up and down the first round in mock drafts compiled by several well-respected analysts.

After that, there's a host of other signal-callers who could trickle out to NFL clubs starting in the second round.

One of the quarterbacks projected to go in that next tier is Fresno State's Derek Carr. According to him, though, that's not the right place for him. Not only should he be among the top three, he believes he should be considered among the best of the best.

"Absolutely," Carr told NFL Network on Tuesday. "I say that with respect to all those other guys because they're great competitors and all those good things. Of course it's not easy for me to answer a question like that, but I absolutely think so. There's no doubt in my mind. We can turn the film on, sit down and watch it, and we'll talk about it and I'll convince you."

After throwing for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns against 8 interceptions last season, Carr is clearly confident. But does he think he'll be picked in the first round?

"I sure hope so," he said. "My wife sure hopes so, my son. I think so. I really do. From what I've heard from general managers, from what I've heard from coaches, and what they're telling me, I do. Whichever way it works out, it works out. Hopefully from what they've been saying, it'll work out that way."

The Patriots appear to be in the market for a quarterback based on some of their pre-draft work. They've hosted Manziel and Bridgewater on visits. They've also met with Bortles, LSU's Zach Mettenberger, BC's Chase Rettig and Alabama's AJ McCarron, according to reports.