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February 21, 2014

Combine profile: Alabama QB A.J. McCarron

Name: A.J. McCarron

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-3/220

School/Class: Alabama/Senior

Projected round: 3rd-4th

Career highlights: One of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of college football’s most decorated program, McCarron lost only four times at Alabama. He was the Heisman runner-up this past season. He won two national titles to boot.

Did you know?: McCarron didn’t throw at the Senior Bowl but confirmed Friday will throw at the combine. He made the decision to do so after he learned Alabama’s Pro Day was the same week as the start of NFL free agency, and he didn’t want GMs to miss seeing him throw.

Quotes: “I’m worried about what I can control and that’s me going out there and performing to the best of my abilities and wherever the chips fall, they fall. I don’t worry about money. I was raised without any money, so being broke, I’m used to it. If you’re money hungry, it’s not going to come to you.”

“All the experts try to knock me on the deep ball, trying to say my arm’s not strong. My arm’s strong enough. I can throw the ball 65 yards.”

“I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won. And that’s usually the knock on me is deep ball and that we won, and I won behind NFL talent, which is crazy because when you get to the NFL you’re playing with NFL talent. It’s not like we didn’t play anybody. We played in the SEC—to me the best conference in college football.”

Panthers’ level of interest: McCarron has seen a number of defenses during his career in the SEC, and he’ll make some team very happy as a backup in his rookie season. But that team likely won’t be the Panthers. It’s possible Carolina picks up a quarterback on the third day of the draft, but McCarron is unlikely to make it past the second day.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM | Permalink

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