Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders have had a rough season thus far. They are just 2-8, tied for the worst record in the league. On the bright side, though, they’re in contention to land the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, which could help make up for how horribly this year has gone.
But apparently, Carr’s goal for the final six games of the season is to prevent the Raiders from reaching that No. 1 spot.
“I want to mess up the draft. I don’t want the first pick,” Carr said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Carr already struck the first blow to the Raiders’ hopes of landing that top pick as he led them to a 23-21 road win over the Arizona Cardinals, who are one of Oakland’s main competitors for the worst record in the league.
It’s obviously in Carr’s best interest to play well and prevent the Raiders from getting that top pick. For one, he may need to prove to Jon Gruden that he’s still capable of being the franchise quarterback he was touted to be. Moreover, lowering the Raiders’ pick could reduce their chances of drafting a quarterback who could end up taking Carr’s job.
But while Carr may want to mess up the Raiders’ draft order by winning a few more games, it’ll be much easier said than done. They have a tough last six games with two meetings against the AFC-leading Chiefs, home games against the Steelers and Broncos, and road assignments against the Ravens and Bengals. Picking up even one win out of those six will not be a walk in the park for Carr.