2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans early look at Top 5 QBs
Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) scrambles agianst \Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Projected Round: Second Round
Class: Senior (redshirt)
The two-time national champion QB is the 55th overall ranked player in the 2014 Draft and the fifth-ranked QB.
He runs a 4.84 40-yard dash and has been labeled as a “game manager” throughout his collegiate career.
In their game against Auburn (a loss by Alabama), McCarron’s play was described as the following:
“McCarron also showed enough arm strength to rifle a deep out down the left sideline in the fourth quarter to put the Tide in position for a field goal attempt that would have given them a commanding 10-point lead with just a few minutes remaining.”
He’s been a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as well.
I’ve seen McCarron play a lot the past few years in the big games of Alabama, and though he might not be the most skilled QB on this list, he does play with a lot of poise and is a very good leader, which goes a long way in the NFL.
The problem with the Texans this season is they seem to have no leader on the offensive side when things go bad. The offense of the Texans has shown great frustration on the field and on the sidelines this season, but maybe McCarron is the leader type of player they are looking for and would be a good value in the second round.