Alabama head coach Nick Saban believes A.J. McCarron has the goods to make it in the NFL. Passing on him, Saban said, could be a big mistake.
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Saban told Michele Steele on ESPN (h/t PFT) that McCarron deserves a spot in the discussion with the better quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class.
“I think anybody that doesn’t take A.J. in one of those earlier rounds is going to make a huge mistake, because I think he’s going to be a very, very good player,” Saban said. “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.”
McCarron opted not to play at the Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., but threw at the scouting combine and performed well. He said at his Pro Day that he believes he's the best quarterback in the draft, and yet most pundits put him at a level below the usual suspects — Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, among them.
We'll see if McCarron joins them, and others, in the "early rounds." Or if Saban is going to have to get angry about it otherwise.
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