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Posted April 10, 2007 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.
In the past few days, two NFC South rivals have added depth at the QB position. Carolina signed former No. 1 overall pick David Carr to serve as Jake Delhomme’s backup (Delhomme was an undrafted signee of the Saints in 1997) on Friday. Three days later, the Falcons announced the signing of Joey Harrington, the No. 3 pick from the Carr draft, to serve as Michael Vick’s backup. (Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in ’01).

While the Falcons were never considered players in the JaMarcus Russell-Brady Quinn derby because of their investment in Vick, the Panthers could have conceivably picked Russell or Quinn in the unlikely event one of the draft’s big guns fell to No. 14. But now with Carr on board, the Panthers are set at quarterback. For now, Carr will serve as Delhomme’s backup, but if Delhomme’s struggles from last season carry over to 2007, Carr could get a shot at the starter’s job. At age 27 and with a change of scenery, maybe Carr will finally realize his potential. The Panthers are said to be enamored with Carr’s mobility and accuracy — two attributes Delhomme has always been missing.

I digress. In other QB-draft-related news, the Dolphins’ top brass are on the road this week to put Russell and Quinn through personal workouts. With Carr off the market and trade talks with the Chiefs (about Trent Green) at a standstill, the Dolphins could make a serious push up the draft board for Russell or Quinn. The Dolphins have been eyeing a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino retired and they learned the hard way last season that Daunte Culpepper is not the answer. I bet Drew Brees' shoulder looks healthy now.

With Carr gone, the Raiders also have one fewer veteran quarterback available if they decide to pass on a QB with the top pick and draft the best player on the board, in this case Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson. Whispers about the Raiders’ interest in Lions backup Josh McCown have grown louder in recent days. If the Raiders could swing a trade for McCown that would certainly free them up to draft Johnson or trade down.

Other teams at the top of the draft in the QB market include the Lions (No. 2), Browns (No. 3), Buccaneers (No. 4), Vikings (No. 7), Packers (No. 16) and Jaguars (No. 17).

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