When AJ McCarron was winning national championships at Alabama, he was to toast of Tuscaloosa and a star on the college football scene. Now that his college football playing days are over, McCarron is learning the harsh realities of pro football and the expectations that come along with being an NFL quarterback.
McCarron was untouchable at Alabama, but he’s learning that something like deciding not to play in the Senior Bowl can hurt his draft status, as NFL scouts are now looking at the Bama quarterback differently.
Also in my notes: negative reactions from scouts regarding QB A.J. McCarron’s Senior Bowl decision.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 15, 2014
This notion was first brought to light on Wednesday by ESPN blogger Michael DiRocco who stated the Jacksonville Jaguars could be a home for McCarron, but his refusal to play in the Senior Bowl may hurt his reputation with the team. If more NFL teams think the way the Jaguars do, which it seems they do, McCarron’s draft stock could plummet before April.
It wouldn’t be the first time a quarterback has tumbled down draft boards as Geno Smith was a first-round projection last year taken in the second round. McCarron is a second round projection who may not tumble as badly as Geno did, but it’s starting to become apparent that his days of being untouchable are long over.