BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's not exactly Bulldog stadium but Bakersfield Christian High School is almost as familiar. Derek Carr is back in Bakersfield and he's at his alma matter training for the senior bowl, the NFL combine and ultimately the NFL draft. He’s doing it all with the help of someone who's been there before.
“The guy went number one,” Derek told 23ABC on Monday about his brother David, “he's been through the same process that I'm going through so he's going to tell me exactly what I need to do and all those things so hopefully he'll rub off on me just a little bit.”
“I think a lot of the on the field stuff is going to take care of itself for him,” David saidm “a lot of what he's going to be going through is sitting down in a meeting room and they're going to ask him to recite things, he's going to spit it back at them. He's going to have to show some football knowledge.”
“I can't wait to sit down with them,” Derek explained, “and show them what I know about the run game and under center and all those things.”
“They already know he's a good player,” David continued, “they kind of want to reaffirm that in their own minds and see if he fits their system.”
Derek has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl in Alabama which will preceed the NFL draft. The nuts and bolts of Derek's training is closely managed by local trainer and family friend, Eric Mahanke.
“You tell him to sleep as much as he can,” Mahanke said, “you tell him to wake up, eat as much food as he can, good quality calories. Then we go into workouts and usually start about 9:30.”
“I just come out here and do exactly what they say,” the ex-Bulldog and Eagle said of his training, “we're not changing anything, we're just fine tuning what we've been doing for five years.”
Derek has said all along, the NFL draft is what motivates him on the football field so you might think he'd hang on the every word of the many supposed draft experts that make their living this time of year. But Derek says the opinion of those closest to him are what really matters.”
“You don't want to impress the ESPN people or the bloggers,” Derek explained his mentality, “they have their right to an opinion and all those things but they said some things about Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers as well. I'm getting to do what I love to do. I've been criticized, I've been praised, I just ignore them both, I just continue to work hard and have fun doing it.”
“There's going to be an opinion from everybody,” David explained, “anybody with internet access can put it online.”
Derek will spend two more weeks in Bakersfield before traveling to the Senior Bowl one week early.