Thursday, March 13, 2014

AJ McCarron says he's best quarterback in NFL draft

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AJ McCarron did a lot of great things while playing quarterback at the University of Alabama. Namely, guiding the Tide to multiple national championships. But he's not projected to be the first player at his position taken in the upcoming NFL Draft. Just don't try telling him that though.

According to Chase Goodbread of, McCarron firmly believes he's the best quarterback available in the draft, and he's willing to state his case to anyone who will listen.

"Why not? The rest of those guys feel like they're the best," he said. "It's a mindset you have to carry in yourself. I feel like my play speaks for itself over the three years I started in the SEC. I definitely do."

While one can't fault McCarron for having confidence, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and UCF's Blake Bortles will be drafted ahead of him, with Fresno State's Derek Carr likely being selected before McCarron as well.

With that said, McCarron is in good shape to hear his name called at some point during the draft. It just won't be before his counterparts at quarterback will.