With the draft coming in May, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has been talked about quite a bit by scouts, analysts and media with respect to his draft projection.
McCarron said he feels like he’s been disrespected his entire career because he’s won, and Nick Saban gave a slight warning for teams with respect to McCarron, saying, “You’ll be sorry you passed on him.”
And McCarron has another former teammate talking up his leadership and quarterbacking ability ahead of the draft: Kevin Norwood.
In a pre-draft diary with USA Today, Norwood expounded upon Alabama’s Pro Day, and he said he thinks AJ McCarron will win a Super Bowl during his NFL career.
“The team that picks up AJ is going to be really lucky. To me, in all honesty, if not the first year or the second year or the third year or the fourth year — whatever — he’s going to win that Super Bowl. That’s how confident I am in him. He reminds me of an Eli or Peyton Manning. His mannerisms, the way he calls plays, changes to audibles and gets us in the right play and the right formation, it’s professional.”
Most project McCarron as a second- or third-round pick and the sixth-best quarterback in the draft, trailing players like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.
McCarron is one of the country’s most intriguing draft prospects, and he’s been a winner his entire career, finishing with a 36-4 career record, two BCS Championships, 77 passing touchdowns and just 15 INTs.
Being a former teammate, Norwood naturally thinks McCarron is the best quarterback in the NFL Draft, and he is the best wide receiver.
“On top of that, he’s been coached by Coach Saban – one of the best college coaches in the country, in my opinion,” he wrote. “Coach Saban has been to the pros. He’s seen a lot of good quarterbacks. I think AJ’s more ready than any other quarterback coming out. And I think I’m more ready than any other receiver coming out. We’ve won three national championships. We know what it takes to win. We know how hard you’ve got to work to win. We’re leaders, on and off the field.”
McCarron, like the rest of the signal callers, will be chasing the elusive Super Bowl in the NFL, and his career will be fun to watch unfold at football’s highest level.
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