One of the more surprising turn of events in the 2014 NFL Draft was AJ McCarron’s slide, and his team interviews may have had something to do with that.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that the two-time national championship winner McCarron rubbed teams “the wrong way” when he met with them before the draft. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said that McCarron came off as ‘cocky’, and there have been questions of whether or not his teammates liked him and followed him.
McCarron claimed before the draft started that some teams told him he’s projected as high as the 16th overall pick and wasn’t anticipated to fall below the 35th pick.
McCarron tweeted today: “& y’all thought I played with a chip on my shoulder, JUST WAIT.. God has a great plan & I can’t wait! #blessed #historyinthemaking.” The tweet has since been deleted.
Prior to the draft, McCarron said he felt like he’d been disrespected his whole career because he won, as scouts were quick to talk about his lack of arm strength.
McCarron was taken with the No. 164 overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals, one pick after Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
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