Nick Saban says NFL teams that pass on AJ McCarron would be making ‘a huge mistake’

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Is AJ McCarron worthy of a high-round NFL Draft pick? Count Nick Saban as one who thinks he is.

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.

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McCarron outwardly expressed during the NFL Combine he feels like he’s been disrespected his whole career because he’s a winner.

“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 is largely projected as the fifth or sixth best quarterback prospect in the draft, depending on which scout or evaluator you pay homage to. Saban, however, stands by his quarterback, and he told ESPN that McCarron would be a good quarterback at the next level, via PFT.

“I think anybody that doesn’t take AJ in one of those earlier rounds is going to make a huge mistake, because I think he’s going to be a very, very good player. First of all, he has all the athletic talent to make all the throws that he needs to make at the next level. … Guys who can make quick decisions, process the information and throw the ball accurately are the guys that usually end up being pretty good NFL quarterbacks.”

When asked who he compared himself to in the NFL, McCarron cited Tom Brady, and he recently expressed at Alabama’s Pro Day that he views himself as the best quarterback in the draft. His confidence isn’t lacking, but scouts fear his arm strength could be.

Saban wants to make sure teams won’t regret not taking his former championship quarterback.

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