McShay: A.J. McCarron Is Most Underrated QB In College Football

September 29, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) looks to throw the ball against the Mississippi Rebels during the second half at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN held a conference call with college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay. McShay touched on a variety of topics in the college football world but there was one topic on the call that caught the attention of draftniks out there everywhere.

McShay was asked about Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller A.J. McCarron and his opinion of the junior quarterback was not what you would expect.

“As far as McCarron is concerned, I’ve been really, really impressed with him,” McShay said during the call. “I think he might be, and I made the comment on SportsCenter and I believe it. I haven’t done all the tape. But I’ve gotten three games in so far. I think he is probably the most underrated quarterback in college football today.

“I know he doesn’t have the big time arm or the elite athleticism. But he’s not ‑‑ I feel like he kind of got typecast or stereotyped coming into the year because he’s an Alabama quarterback. Everyone wants to assume they’re great everywhere else and he’s going to be a game manager.”

McCarron has been labeled as a game manager by many but McShay strongly believes the label is not a fair one.

“That’s not the case at all. He has a good arm. It’s not elite, but it’s very good,” he continued. He can make all the NFL throws.  He’s really good in terms of his accuracy throwing on the run. This guy keeps getting a little better every time I watch him in terms of the little things you have to do to be a successful quarterback. I’d love to see him come back for his final year of eligibility and just continue to ascend.”

McShay is very respected for his opinion on the game and the fact that he believes so much in McCarron’s skill is a great endorsement for the ‘Bama thrower down the road. While McShay likes what he sees in McCarron, just how high does he believe the junior could be selected when he enters the NFL Draft?

“It wouldn’t shock me if we’re talking for the 2014 draft A.J. McCarron as a potential top 20 overall draft pick because he’s got enough tools, and I just I like the way he plays the game,” said McShay.