Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has a hot girlfriend. But too bad AJ McCarron’s NFL draft stock isn’t as hot as Katherine Webb. Well, it’s luke warm. According to some NFL scouts his draft stock is high. But he has his detractors though too. When the college football season starts in another week, AJ McCarron will be starting his last campaign for the Crimson Tide and defending a national title for the third time. But I bet deep down AJ McCarron is thinking, “What would it have been like if I just left school after beating the snot out of Notre Dame in the national title game? What NFL camp would I be in now…..and would I end up having a bad NFL rookie year? Or would I get the starting job for some NFL team?” AJ McCarron is praised for his accuracy, vision and mechanics. But there seems to be this nagging issue with his size.  AJ McCarron is 6-4, or so says the Alabama web site, and weighs about 214. His height is fine, but apparently the knock on AJ McCarron is his weight (what is this, a cheerleading squad?), because 214 apparently is too skinny for the NFL. And people seem to think his height measurement is inflated. That may be why AJ McCarron decided to stay one more year at Alabama. Not to win another national championship, but to get bigger in the weight room and maybe show the NFL scouts that he should be taken more seriously as an NFL prospect. Northern Illinois Safety Jimmie Ward is considered a mid-late round NFL Draft prospect. He gets to play against a Heisman candidate QB in Jordan Lynch everyday in practice. He also played against another Heisman candidate in AJ McCarron while growing up. Ward sees both Lynch and AJ McCarron as two great athletic quarterbacks. “You can’t compare the two because they’re both good at what they do,” Ward said at Huskies Media Day. At Municipal Raiders Park, they played Pop Warner football and won “numerous championships” in Mobile, Alabama.  “A lot of people say he’s not as good as you think, he’s too small,” Ward continued. “But I played with the guy, I know what he can do, how strong his arm is, how accurate he is. He’s a good kid. AJ was bred into football, he’s worked hard his whole life. He can play with the best athletes,” Ward said. Just like Katherine Webb should be taken seriously — even though she was offered “Splash” (a reality diving competition) and not “Dancing With the Stars,” which is what she really wanted. The post Alabama QB AJ McCarron: NFL Draft stock analysis appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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