Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron doesn’t carry a chip on his shoulder. He has a massive boulder sitting up there.
The former Tide signal caller is one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history, and he could go down as Alabama’s best quarterback in its storied program, winning two championships and losing only four games in three seasons.
McCarron is largely projected as the fifth best quarterback in this year’s draft behind Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, and he likely won’t make it past the second day of the draft.
He spoke for the first time today at the NFL Combine, and the chip on his shoulder hasn’t gotten any smaller.
“All the experts try to knock me on the deep ball, trying to say my arm’s not strong,” McCarron said. “My arm’s strong enough. I can throw the ball 65 yards.”
“I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won. And that’s usually the knock on me is deep ball and that we won, and I won behind NFL talent, which is crazy because when you get to the NFL you’re playing with NFL talent. It’s not like we didn’t play anybody. We played in the SEC—to me the best conference in college football.”
McCarron finished second in the Heisman race this past season, and he won the Maxwell Award, given annually to the national college football player of the year. He beat out both Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston for the award.
McCarron skipped the Senior Bowl, which would have given him an additional opportunity to throw for scouts, but he will throw with the quarterbacks on Sunday at the combine. There are legitimate questions about his arm strength, and he’s admitted to having arm fatigue last season.
This week is crucial for McCarron.
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