With all of the talented players at the quarterback position in this year’s NFL draft class, one of the biggest questions was where Alabama’s wildly talented A.J. McCarron would land. (wikipedia) His talent wasn’t really deniable, anyone who’s seen him play while under the tutelage of Nick Saban at Alabama will admit that he’s incredibly gifted, so the question wasn’t really if McCarron would be drafted but where he would be drafted into the next level of the football playing world. (bleacherreport) While watching the draft we saw quarterback after quarterback plucked from the ranks of the NCAA into the NFL by different teams who were in dire need of someone at that particular position, while the talented Mr. McCarron sat around without anyone picking him up to join their roster. (sportsillustrated) Finally, on day three, in round five, at pick number one hundred sixty four, A.J. McCarron was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as the man who would either sit behind incumbent Andy Dalton, or possibly push him for the starting job on roster. (collegefootballtalk) Once selected the attention turned from if or when McCarron would be picked to what it could have been that caused his slide down the draft boards of so many teams that needed a signal caller. (saturdaydownsouth)
One of the largest reasons people have suspected that McCarron slid down board was the rumors of a reality television show based around his upcoming wedding to Katherine Webb and teams not wanting to deal with that circus. (bleacherreport) Another rumor is that McCarron rubbed teams the wrong way in interviews during this year’s scouting combine, that his attitude wasn’t quite what teams desired in a leader. (nflspinzone) This second suspected cause has McCarron upset as he says that his interviews shouldn’t have hurt his stock, but that media coverage and spinning of things are actually what hurt his place in the draft. (profootballtalk) McCarron has now actually stated that he wasn’t completely healthy while playing at Alabama, if this is true, just imagine how well he’ll play once he gets a chance on the NFL level, he’s so supremely talented that he was able to win championships at less than one hundred percent health. (sbnation) With all of these stories and rumors, the talent that McCarron showed at the college level alone should have been enough for him to be selected in the first two days, and maybe even the first two rounds of the draft, unfortunately something scared teams away, now it’s his chance to show in Cincinnati that he’s ready to step up and lead, we’ll have to see if he can pull it off.