According to most NFL scouts, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is ranked behind Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles as a prospect at the professional level. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban clearly doesn’t agree, and thinks that any team that passes up on McCarron in May will be making a huge mistake. Per ESPN:
“I think anybody that doesn’t take AJ in one of those earlier rounds is going to make a huge mistake because he’s going to be a very, very good player. First of all, he has all the athletic talent to make all the throws that he needs to make at the next level.
Guys who can make quick decisions, process the information and throw the ball accurately are the guys that usually end up being pretty good NFL quarterbacks.”
It’s no surprise to see Saban standing up for his guy – in fact, it’s a bit refreshing. McCarron’s accomplishments at Alabama, which include winning the national championship twice as a starter and putting together a 36-4 record, certainly speak to his abilities. We’ll find out in a few years whether Saban is correct in his analysis.