What more can AJ McCarron do to become a firt round pick? After all, the guy has won three national titles and is working for a fourth, has broken numerous records in both Alabama and SEC record books, and leads the nation in passing efficiency.
McCarron has had an incredible four years at Alabama, and in my opinion should be a first round pick. Here’s why:
McCarron doesn’t play for a team that is known as a passing team. Alabama is a dominant running team, but when a pass is made, you better believe it will be completed. From 2011-2012 McCarron had the 2nd best ranking in SEC history by throwing 291 consecutive passes without an interception. Not only that, but he also had an outstanding QPR rate of 173.08 in 2012.
McCarron is one of the nation’s top quarterbacks simply because of how well he executes. I think if Alabama were more of a passing team, McCarron would definitely have better stats, but being the running team they are, McCarron has unselfishly been that quarterback to help with the running game and throw when needed.
McCarron has a special gift when it comes to field vision. He is great at leading the receiver with a pass, and even better at not forcing a pass when the defense is playing great coverage. McCarron is not a quarterback to throw and hope, he is a quarterback to throw and know.
So far in 2013, he has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has completed 126 out of 182 attempts. We’ll let the stats speak for themselves.
McCarron has the quality of leadership. Many people remember the 2012 Alabama vs LSU game when McCarron led his team to a come from behind victory in Death Valley. But many forget the many times he didn’t have to come from behind— he helped them stay ahead. McCarron is a leader- you can see it in his eyes. Even the last snap of the game, he is playing like it’s the first. He encourages and is there to reprimand the team when necessary. You know a quarterback is a leader when he is able to help lead his team to a possible third straight title.
All in all, McCarron is definitely NFL worthy. While many think he should be a late pick, I think differently. I truly believe AJ McCarron should be ranked higher at this point in the NFL draft. A lot of quarterbacks have great stats but lack the true natural leadership skills certain quarterbacks have. McCarron is that certain quarterback. He would be a great asset to any NFL team.
AJ McCarron isn’t a game manager, he is a game changer.
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