Nick Saban is a big believer in the quarterback that's started for him the past three seasons.
While quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr have gotten most of the attention from draft analysts, the Alabama head coach said NFL teams would be doing themselves a disservice by picking them ahead of A.J. McCarron.
“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 told ESPN.
McCarron was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide and led his team to two national championships in 2011 and 2012. Though he fell short of a national championship appearance a season ago, McCarron threw for 3,063 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Saban believes McCarron will make whichever team drafts him thankful of the decision.
“First of all, he has all the athletic talent to make all the throws that he needs to make at the next level," Saban said. "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.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.