2014 NFL Draft: QB A.J. McCarron Will Be An NFL Starter

By Chris Ross
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

When discussing now former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron‘s NFL future, you’re likely to hear wildly different ranges in opinions. Some think McCarron is much like previous Alabama quarterbacks and was simply a product of unreal talent around him in a QB-friendly system. However, that’s not the case, as McCarron has the potential to be a solid starter at the next level despite the tougher competition.

Sure, McCarron wasn’t asked to do too much while at Alabama, and it’s true that there are quarterbacks out there with better arms and more natural talent. That said, McCarron’s track record speaks for itself. With three National Championships to his name, McCarron is a proven winner, and he brings a wealth of big-game experience to the table.

Bu McCarron isn’t starter-worthy just yet. There’s no doubt that the man needs some time to develop behind an established starter for a couple years before he gets his shot. However, in a few seasons, there is no doubt in my mind that McCarron has the requisite talent to make it in the league, as his accuracy, leadership and intelligence are simply unrivaled in this draft class.

Overall, A.J. McCarron has the talent to become an NFL starter. For anybody who has watched him develop in the college ranks, that much is clear. And although he will always have critics pointing toward his flaws, that fact is McCarron’s strengths greatly outnumber his weaknesses. Ladies and gentlemen, jump on the A.J. McCarron bandwagon while you still can, because it’s only a matter of time before he’s a starting on Sundays.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer at RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter, @prosport_news, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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