38 years, nine SEC titles, and six national titles.
That’s how long it has been since the Alabama Crimson Tide have produced a quarterback who is picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.
But the last QB to have that distinction, Richard Todd — who was the No. 6 overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1976 draft — thinks that AJ McCarron is the man who will end that odd drought for Alabama.
In an interview with AL.com, Todd talked about the oddity of this particular unlikely Bama stat.
“Isn’t that sad? It’s kind of sad,” Todd said. “I really don’t know why it’s taken that long, and I think, looking back, I don’t think it was really a great year for quarterbacks when I was drafted.”
I’m sure most Jets fans wouldn’t disagree.
Todd then went out to talk about this year’s Alabama quarterback entry, AJ McCarron
“This year, you’ve got quite a few talented players out there and AJ is definitely one of them. He surpassed what anybody has ever done at Alabama. … AJ can fit in somewhere. They talk about his arm, I think his arm is as good as anybody’s out there and he’s played in a pro system. It’s just a matter of where you go and how you fit in.
“AJ’s a great player. It depends on what a team’s needs are and what system you get in. I was kind of thrown to the wolves when I was drafted. I thought I’d back up Joe (Namath) for two or three years and it took about two or three games and I was kind of thrown into it. We threw the ball about six times a game my senior year (at Alabama playing in the wishbone offense), so it was totally different.”
Right now the jury is out on McCarron, with analysts being split on where he may fall in the draft. Some have him going in the first round, with others dropping him as low as a late third round pick.