My sources say AJ McCarron chose not to play in the Senior Bowl (not b/c of the inj) b/c he thinks he’s a top 20 pick
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 17, 2014
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron will not be attending the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He has cited an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, though he has tweeted out photos of his training and there have been rumors that he would not attend the event going back several weeks. John Middlekauff, a former scout and current radio host of 95.7 The Game tweeted out that McCarron is not attending because he thinks he is a top 20 pick.
That is an extremely high risk gamble on McCarron’s part as most scouts and people covering the draft have him nowhere near that high. An event like the Senior Bowl would allow him to compete side by side with other top prospects and give him an opportunity to show off why he is worth that pick. And with McCarron, he has always battled the stigma that he was a game manager surrounded by stars in Tuscaloosa and the Senior Bowl would allow him to to shine on his own merits.
McCarron will still have the combine and pro day to show off his talents for NFL personnel, but players like McCarron have done this before and fallen harshly in the NFL Draft in the past. That extends beyond the quarterback position, but so few players have hurt themselves by participating in these type of events that it seems like a bad gamble.
Less important but still a factor is the fact that McCarron is from Mobile, where the event is taking place and obviously in Alabama, so he is a big draw for the event for Tide fans.