Sorry didnt know this was posted already... LINK David Carr has 140 reminders of what it is like to be a franchise quarterback in development. That's how many times he has been dumped, whacked and run over in his first three NFL seasons -- and we are talking only sacks here, not all the other occasions in which his body has been involuntarily grounded by gleeful adversaries. He has more unpleasant memories, too -- just 16 wins and forgotten plays and boos from Texans fans no longer patient with his maturation process. Over the past three years, no NFL quarterback has been sacked as often as Houston's David Carr. You want to know what the 49ers face if they use the draft's first pick on Aaron Rodgers of California or Alex Smith of Utah? Ask David Carr, the first player selected in the 2002 draft. The 49ers should -- and so should any club facing such a draft decision. Carr would provide a road map incredible in detail and educational value. Better to talk to him than rely on history for guidance. For every Akili Smith, you have a Donovan McNabb. For every Heath Shuler, you have a Michael Vick. For every Tim Couch, you have a John Elway. "History tells us nothing," says Ravens coach Brian Billick, "other than picking a quarterback that high has no predictors, nothing that can save you from making a mistake. But getting a quarterback is so important to a franchise that you can't ignore the opportunity." The only thing we know for sure is this: Select a quarterback among the first six choices, and he immediately becomes the face and potential savior of the team as its franchise player and the next candidate to wind up in one of two groups, the Ryan Leaf flops or the Peyton Manning successes. Carr still occupies middle earth; he hasn't made it onto either list yet. His bosses are convinced he'll become everything they envisioned, a star capable of winning playoff games. But so far, he has given us only glimpses. Last season, he reached highs in quarterback rating (83.5), touchdown/interception ratio (16/14) and passing yards (3,531), yet the Texans again finished below .500 because they couldn't beat the dreadful Browns in the season finale. Carr is preparing now for what could be the pivotal year of his career, the season that could show us whether he will be joining Manning or Leaf.