The NFL Draft is just around the corner, and already teams are starting to hammer out strategies on when and where to draft certain positions of need. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, just about every position on the roster is a position of need and fans are starting to speculate about who will be on their board.
One name that could be there is Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. He’s likely to be a second day pick, but ESPN reporter Michael DiRocco hints that McCarron’s status with the Jaguars may be hurt over the fact that he’s skipping the Senior Bowl this year.
McCarron’s decision to skip brings into question one of the key traits that the Jaguars want in all their players: a competitive fire. It’s an even more important trait in a quarterback, and McCarron’s decision brings that into question.
Not only would playing in the Senior Bowl have allowed McCarron to work with Jaguars coaches, as they’re heading up the South team this year, but DiRocco states the Jaguars may think less of McCarron’s competitive fire since he’s skipping the college All-Star game.
Teams will likely not think less of McCarron for skipping the Senior Bowl, but it’s impossible to predict the mindset of some front offices and it’s also something we hadn’t considered before .If the Jaguars are thinking like other teams in the NFL, then perhaps not playing in the Senior Bowl will end up sinking McCarron rather than preserving his current value.