Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron has been told by NFL teams he could be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
McCarron appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show while making the rounds of ESPN shows on Monday, talking to the Birmingham radio fixture about his meetings with NFL teams in anticipation of the draft.
He told Finebaum that “pretty much everyone so far” has told the former Tide signal-caller that he has received a first-round grade in their analysis.
McCarron said he agrees with the analysis:
“They felt like I could go anywhere from 16-35. I believe that, too. At the same time, I don’t have my hopes set on anything. Whatever happens, happens. It’s a blessing for me to even be in this situation.”
Draft analysts have long said that McCarron was a late-second or early third-round pick, so the grade comes as something of a surprise to everyone but Alabama fans. McCarron has long been criticized as being a system quarterback, wearing the label ‘game manager,’ despite guiding the Crimson Tide to consecutive BCS National Championships.
Aside from talk of the draft, McCarron said he doesn’t think much about his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Alabama football history.
“To be in even the talk and conversation of all the greats that have played there is just an honor,” McCarron said.
Audio of the interview can be found here courtesy of FinebaumFan.com.