Disclaimer: Now before you read this blog, let’s make it clear that I am an AJ McCarron fan. I think he is poised beyond his years and if you need proof, just check my tweets.
This is a huge weekend for the “quarterback position” for this years’ upcoming NFL draft. It’s the time of the year when the top college QB prospects will get grilled and prodded like a Bone-in Rib-Eye. Yes! You guessed it…The NFL Combine.
For a few it’s a time to build your case on why a team should select you. Others will be left to pick up the pieces on what was once a promising career. For some of these prospects the wheels were wobbly even before getting to this point. Example: AJ McCarron of Alabama, who I love coming out of their bowl game. Only to not participate in the Senior Bowl, and to follow that up by NOT participating in the throwing drills at the combine, this I just don’t understand. AJ’s biggest asset is his LEADERSHIP qualities! Furthermore, his very impressive resume, which includes two National Titles (which could have easily been three), and a possible Heisman Trophy (had it not been for a freak field goal return for a touchdown).
Up until this point AJ McCarron has done everything right……However, by not playing in the Senior Bowl AJ missed the chance to show just how valuable he could be to a team. Especially those looking for a potential franchise quarterback in the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Joe Montana. By doing so he went against what he has always done best, and that is to COMPETE!
Again, I want to be very clear…I’ve always been a huge fan of AJ and I’ve taken plenty of heat for doing so. I just don’t agree with this approach when he has so much to gain and not nearly as much to lose. What is the down side? That your arm wasn’t the strongest in draft? No secret, we all know that. But we also know that there is no other quarterback who was better prepared to seize the moment, like AJ, the Quarterback that played for Americas most demanding Coach (Nick Saban) and Fan Base (Alabama).
Furthermore, to make things more frustrating you have decided to PASS at the NFL Combine, where the throws are very simplistic and not as challenging as most people think. So by skipping the Senior Bowl AND the throwing portion of the combine you are taking the all or nothing approach, (just throwing at Pro Day) which could lead to the biggest upset of your career.
AJ, you are a true competitor and champion. But you know better than anyone what can happen when you put all yours eggs in one play! #GoingForTheFieldGoal instead of playing safe for overtime! You Remember…
Good Luck AJ!!! Hope you have a Rabbits Foot! If not I’ll put one in the mail.