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Apr 30, 2014

NFL Draft News: AJ McCarron expects to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft

By on 7:02 PM

Former University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron says he's heard from various NFL executives, that he can expect to be drafted in the first round of next weeks NFL Draft. Possibly as high as No. 16 overall.

This of course, goes against most early draft projections that had McCarron being taken anywhere from the second to the fourth rounds.

"They felt like I could go anywhere from 16-35," McCarron told the Paul Finebaum radio show. "I believe that, too. At the same time, I don't have my hopes set on anything. Whatever happens, happens. It's a blessing for me to even be in this situation."

The Dallas Cowboys are currently in possession of the 16th overall pick, and have no immediate need for a quarterback.

What is truly captivating about McCarron's quote is that he believes it ... and then promptly went on to say that teams lie all the time and you can't believe what you hear.

"It's not like the GMs are calling these guys and telling them, 'Hey, we're going to draft this guy at this number so go ahead and put that out there,'" McCarron said. "One thing I've learned about this whole process, it's nothing but a big secret.

"A lot of times teams will bring in a guy just to bluff another team and make it seem like toward the media that they like this guy and really they have no interest at all in drafting him."

Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr are all widely projected to be chosen ahead of McCarron, with others such as Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, Pittsburgh's Tom Savage and LSU's Zach Mettenberger in contention to be next in line, as well.
Once you get to 16, there's a big chunk of teams who don't need a quarterback. Really only the Browns at 26 make sense.

An Alabama quarterback hasn't been selected in the first round since Richard Todd went sixth overall in 1976. During that stretch, the earliest-picked quarterback, Walter Lewis in 1984, went 70th overall (third round).

McCarron said he'll be watching the draft in Mobile at his Uncle Rusty's house. He plans to play dominoes, spades and Xbox while he waits for that all-important phone call.

NFL Draft 2014 begins on
Thursday, May 8
and ends on
Saturday, May 10


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