The Cincinnati Bengals used a fifth round pick to snag Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who slipped deeper into the NFL Draft than many expected. The three-time national champion received a warm welcome from Bengals’ starer Andy Dalton, who tweeted at McCarron following the pick. The greeting from his soon-to-be offensive coordinator wasn’t as pleasant, though.
Here’s Hue Jackson on the McCarron pick:
Oh man, Hue Jackson on AJ McCarron: pic.twitter.com/AtFYWjrw2n
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) May 10, 2014
All of what Jackson said is fair and likely true, but saying it on Day One of McCarron’s career seems questionable.
McCarron reportedly fell to the draft’s fifth round because he “rubbed teams the wrong way” during the interview process. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said league scouts questioned his cockiness, his decision to skip the Senior Bowl, and raised red flags to McCarron’s reality show with fiancee Katherine Webb.