The Broncos quarterback hasn't had a chance to showcase himself nationally, so the East-West Shrine Game will be his opportunity to gain NFL draft stock.
Some NFL scouts have been eyeing him for a while, and while many national college football fans didn't get to see him that much — or even MAC enthusiasts this year, due to injury — Alex Carder remains someone who can assert himself on an NFL depth chart at quarterback by virtue of his vital signs. I'm no NFL scout because I thought Dan LeFevour and Omar Jacobs were going to be NFL quarterbacks. Heck, I thought Chris Wallace would be one. Instead Charlie Batch is still one. I'm not very good at this stuff and can only go by what people more interested in "NFL potential" have to say.
SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein broke down three quarterbacks playing in the East-West Shrine Game, and Carder is one of them. The chance is there, and he'll probably get drafted low, which would still make him the first WMU QB taken in the NFL draft. Of the 13 current MAC teams, that would leave Buffalo and Ohio as the only MAC teams to have never done that in their school history.