Weight: 220 lbs.
Hand Size: 10”
40 Time: 4.94
Bench: (None) Reps
Vertical Jump: 28”
Long Jump: 99”
Size: A, Size is a tough measurable to grade. It really has to do with preference. 6’3”, 220 pounds is pretty perfect size in the NFL, but A.J. McCarron doesn’t get the A+ from me because 6’4” or 6’5” is perfect in my eyes especially for a pocket passer. His weight is a perfect size for a NFL quarterback to be able to absorb hits.
Pocket Awareness: C, Virtually no ability to escape when he is in trouble. Decent awareness to know when pressure is baring down and to get rid of it, but when he is climbing the pocket his awareness isn’t there. Annually played behind one of the most solid lines in college football. He isn’t a great play extender.
Reads: B, McCarron progresses through his reads well. He needs to keep his eyes up field when he climbs the pocket or is asked to get out of the pocket. He has the tendency to hold on to the ball too long at times. His go to guy, Cooper, bailed him out of some questionable decisions.
Footwork: B, He probably has the best drop footwork out of the top quarterback prospects in this class. He needs to finish his drops though, especially when getting the ball from under center. He tends to throw three step drops off of his back foot causing his accuracy to drop. He is either taking too long in his drops or being impatient.
Arm Strength: B, His arm is pretty average in comparison to the rest of the class (besides Fales). He doesn’t have great zip on his passes, and his deep ball doesn’t have great height and distance. He has enough arm to get the job done, but his arm strength won’t make plays for him. He could improve his arm strength with setting a better base before his release.
Accuracy: A-, McCarron shows really good accuracy on his throws, but it is inconsistent. This has to do with his planting before the throw. Within fifteen yards he is usually money, but his fifteen to thirty is off at times. His biggest accuracy issue is his timing. If he can fix that he will have an extremely accurate arm.
Overall: I think he can be a starter in the NFL. I don’t think he can be a starter that wins games on his back. If a team can handle him in the “game manager” role where they can keep an opposing team’s score down McCarron can be their guy. McCarron’s ceiling isn’t very high either. Alabama produces good NFL players, but they tend to peak at Alabama. He could develop into a good NFL quarterback, but that would take a few years. His NFL potential really depends on the team that selects him. Worst case scenario is he is a really good back up for a team with a questionable starter.
Comparison: Matt Schaub, QB, Oakland Raiders
Grade: B, 3.11
Draft Projection: Second Round