Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: A.J. McCarron

By Alec Riffe
A.J. McCarron Alabama Crimson Tide
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers may target a developmental QB in the 2014 NFL Draft. Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, under the right circumstances, would be a nice addition to the Steelers.

Because of the need at other positions and McCarron’s relatively low ceiling, the likelihood of the Steelers getting him is not outstanding. McCarron is already a 23-year-old coming into the draft, which could be both good and bad depending on needs of the team that drafts him.

The first thing that needs to happen for McCarron to end up a Steeler is he needs to fall on draft boards around the league. McCarron needs to last until at least the fifth round. The Steelers won’t even consider taking him until that point has passed.

Last year’s developmental QB Landry Jones is still on the roster and quite frankly has more upside than the Crimson Tide’s winningest QB. The two things McCarron has going for him is that his experience and scheme fit could have him ready to be an NFL starter quickly, while Jones should take a little longer to mature into an NFL-caliber QB.

The Steelers must be confident in their ability to build a good supporting cast around McCarron were they to take him. Not only that, but they must absolutely believe that he can be their franchise QB in the future.

A.J. McCarron screams Andy Dalton to me, but if the Steelers think he can be a great player in the league and he adequately drops it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he winds up in Pittsburgh.

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