NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks firmly believes Alabama Crimson Tide senior quarterback A.J. McCarron will be a productive starter in the NFL. He believes that by not just his former days as an NFL scout, but what he’s heard from Super Bowl winning head coach Mike Holmgren, who also believes McCarron can be a productive starter for an NFL team:
Based on those experiences with Holmgren, I’m a firm believer that McCarron will be a productive starter in the NFL. He possesses enough of the physical traits to succeed as a pro, while exhibiting all of the intangibles offensive coaches value at the position. McCarron makes sound decisions with the ball (he sports an impressive 68-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio during his career) and wisely utilizes his available weapons on the perimeter. Now I know playing a “connect the dots” style from the pocket doesn’t wow observers looking for a quarterback to make “hero” throws consistently, but the top quarterbacks in the NFL understand how to manage the game in every aspect.
McCarron may be a quality NFL player, but for now,he is going to continue to lead his team to another tiel and be a factor in the Heisman Trophy race. And here are the numbers that matter most: 33-2 with two national championships, his record as a starting quarterback.