Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Nick Saban says passing on A.J. McCarron is a mistake

The NFL Draft is in May and already teams ares starting look at the incoming class of quarterbacks with watchful eyes. While some seem to be high on guys like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel, the ranking of the class and the overall perception of it is fluctuating on a daily basis.

One mock draft can have Manziel going No. 1 overall while another could have him falling as far as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7 overall. One quarterback who isn’t being talked about is Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, and his former college coach Nick Saban thinks that’s setting teams up for a draft day mistake.

Saban’s comments to ESPN, via PFT.com:

“I think anybody that doesn’t take A.J. in one of those earlier rounds is going to make a huge mistake, because I think he’s going to be a very, very good player,” Saban said. “First of all, he has all the athletic talent to make all the throws that he needs to make at the next level. . . . Guys who can make quick decisions, process the information and throw the ball accurately are the guys that usually end up being pretty good NFL quarterbacks.”

Of course Saban isn’t going to blast his own guy, but he may be one of a few people overvaluing the quarterback. We’ve seen successful college quarterback fail in the NFL, and McCarron may be the next one. Still, he clearly has to tool set to be a solid second-teir starter, and if defense wins championships, that’s really all you need under center.

Tags: A.J. McCarron Alabama Crimson Tide NFL Draft 2014 Nick Saban

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