According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron should be in the mix to be the first quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“Enough people like him to where I think he has a shot to be the first quarterback taken,” Breer tweets.
Breer spoke with an AFC college scouting director who believes McCarron is a solid first-round talent with a chance to be the first quarterback selected next year. The scouting director went as far to compare McCarron to Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Here’s the unnamed scouting director’s assessment of McCarron:
“Good size, outstanding touch on all throws, can make all the throws but only has average arm strength. Average running ability but very good feet and movement in the pocket to avoid sacks. Outstanding progression-read quarterback, makes throws to his second and third reads consistently. Doesn’t turn the ball over. Winner. Mentally tough. Has the moxie and cockiness most great QBs have. Very similar to Tom Brady in stature, athletic ability, arm strength, touch and the most important category — wins.“
Though McCarron has largely been graded as a mid-round pick by many over the past few months, there is a case to be made that the other quarterback prospects haven’t done enough to keep teams from considering someone like McCarron ahead of them.
We currently have a number of quarterbacks ahead of McCarron, who doesn’t even crack our latest 2014 NFL Big Board. Clearly, that can change in near future, especially with bowl season just a few weeks away.
McCarron has lost just three games as Alabama’s starting QB and has never thrown more than five interceptions in a full season.