AJ McCarron is one of the more intriguing quarterback prospects that will be entering the 2014 NFL Draft. The hype surrounding the three-time national champion is not as great as that accompanying guys like Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel, but McCarron has plenty of the “intangibles” we always hear NFL teams talking about.
All McCarron seems to do is win football games and rarely turn the ball over. Despite that, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah reported on Monday that there is some disagreement among NFL scouts over the type of pro McCarron could become.
“He doesn’t have a huge arm, but he makes up for it with excellent timing, touch and decision-making,” Jeremiah wrote. “Scouts around the NFL are split on McCarron, but he has compiled a very impressive college résumé.”
If the Tide win another title this season, it would be McCarron’s third as a starting quarterback and fourth since he enrolled at Alabama. That would be an incredible accomplishment. While he may not have as big an arm as guys like Bridgewater or the same type of play-making ability that Manziel has, McCarron has consistently shown that he can shine when the spotlight is at its brightest.
If anything, the genius that is Nick Saban could hurt McCarron’s draft stock. Some analysts barely have McCarron as a top-10 quarterback in next year’s draft. Those analysts — and many NFL scouts — likely feel that Saban could have the same success with a lot of quarterbacks and that McCarron may not have what it takes to carry an NFL team. That could make him a steal somewhere in the middle rounds.