A.J. McCarron made it sound like there was going to be a lot of interest in him early in the draft, but that was far from the case for the Alabama QB.
Before the last day of the 2014 NFL Draft got started former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron sent a tweet out in to the world that ended up being a little more prophetic than he intended:
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) May 10, 2014
He is right–history was made. A two time BCS national champion and arguably one of the most successful college football quarterbacks to take the field was not drafted till the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals (164th pick).
McCarron has been his own best cheerleader since the draft evaluation process started telling anyone and everyone that would listen that he believed he was a first round talent–but every prospect thinks that. So in the days preceding the draft A.J. did the next best thing to proclaiming his own greatness.
He claimed that several NFL executives told him he was.
Was he telling the truth? Since he didn’t go till the fifth round–rather than as high as the No. 16 to 35 pick like he claimed he was told–it would appear that someone did (either him or these unnamed executives).
This could also be the perfect example of the overconfident, cocky persona that rumor had it turned off many executives during the interview process.
Of course the question now is whether he has what it takes to make it in the NFL. If Andy Dalton doesn’t get his contract in order and quite throwing interceptions at crucial moments fans may find out sooner rather than later.