Cowboys QB: Drafting AJ McCarron in Second Round

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates following a touchdown run by running back Derrick Henry (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Profile: AJ McCarron | Height 6’4″ | Weight 214 | Age 23

The three year Alabama starter, who stayed in school for his senior year, is one of seven quarterbacks to win back-to-back titles. He is compared to former Viking Matt Cassel, and Andy Dalton of the Bengals.

While some predict McCarron as no more than an NFL game manager, and an excellent backup quarterback (Read: Not a starter), his success and statistics during his four-year stay at Alabama suggests otherwise.

Of 1,026 passes, McCarron tossed only 15 interceptions. He completed over 65 percent of his throws, tossed 77 touchdowns, and passed for more than 9,000 yards during his college career.

He finished his time at Alabama with a 36-4 record.

Bart Starr and Joe Namath are other famous quarterbacks to come out of Alabama.

Known for his good decision making (he has great size to see over the line), like Tony Romo, McCarron is coveted for his football IQ, work ethic, and proven leadership skills as the head honcho of the team.

Though not known for his legs, the 2013 Heisman runner-up has proven to move the ball with his feet when needed, and is also given credit for checking the ball down to the running back when trouble is near.

So how does the young quarterback fit in Dallas right now?

Based on the notes above, AJ McCarron would be a disaster if asked to jump right in. Now, before you throw your computer, hang on for a few more sentences.

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  • Krupinsky

    The second day of the draft WOULD be the second and third rounds.

    Also, comparing McCarron, who finished a distant second in the Hesiman voting as more of a lifetime achievement award than anything that he actually did during the 2013 season (in which he threw for less than 200 yards in SEVEN of his thirteen starts) to a former #1 overall pick and first ballot Hall of Famer (Aikman) is a bit of a stretch, don’t you think? Aikman was thrown right into the fire and almost killed during his rookie year. I’m not sure how anything they would do with McCarron would compare with Aikman’s career arc and his success template, at all.

    • David Jordan

      Did you read this? 36-4 as a starting quarterback in the SEC. 1,000 passes and only 15 interceptions. Two national title wins as a starter. The kid is a winner. He is the best quarterback ever to play at Alabama and that includes Namath, Stabler and Starr.

      Of 1,026 passes, McCarron tossed only 15 interceptions. He completed over 65 percent of his throws, tossed 77 touchdowns, and passed for more than 9,000 yards during his college career.

      • Krupinsky

        I’m not sure what that has to do with anything that I said.

        Although, for what it’s worth, Ken Dorsey was 38-2 in college (should’ve been 39-1 with 2 National Championships) and threw for over 9500 yards. Tim Tebow did some impressive things in college, too.

        But again, I questioning how you can advocate taking a QB with a 2nd/3rd round grade and sit him for a few years and then compare it to how they handled Aikman, who was the #1 overall pick and started right away.

        • David Jordan

          The Cowboys had 2 number one draft picks Aikman and Steve Walsh. Walsh won the only game in 1989, not Aikman. Aikman’s stats are not that great, especially his touchdown to interception rate. He beneifited by having a great line, two good receivers and a great running back.

          • D Harris

            Aikman could throw the ball accurately and was a winner.
            I know AJ won games and didn’t make too many mistakes.
            I think that is greatly due to being at Alabama.

  • Chesney Blair

    Not worth the second round by a mile. We need the second and third round to go to the d line or o line. After that unless Kareem Martin is there a rb or a qb would do.

  • HooBoy

    I’m of the opinion that the Cowboys should do what they have to in order to find a mobile quarterback but if we’re just throwing out random quarterback names I’m more intrigued by a late round draft of Tajh Boyd or taking Jimmy Garoppolo if he falls further than the second round.

  • Chad

    Unless Bortles, Bridgewater, or Manziel is there in the second (or first), the Cowboys need to forego picking up a QB until at least the 4th round. At that point, IF a guy like Garoppolo or Carr is there……maybe. Possibly Murray in the 5th.

  • Moodster22

    I wish

  • jrcowboy49

    AJ McCarron would be an excellent pick!

  • jj21

    Did you watch him with your eyes? Not an NFL quarterback.

  • Ken Kuhlman

    well for the most part , I want so many things for my Cowboys since 1967, I want Jerry to retire as GM and hire one, I lean towards a new defensive coordinator. but maybe we need a whole new coaching staff starting with Garrett. Lots and lots of defensive players I will not name names. My point a 2nd round backup QB is way down on my list.

  • russrpm

    In the 4th or 5th, maybe, but 2nd is way too high for McCarron, based both on his abilities, and the Cowboys needs this year. I wouldn’t look at a QB until the 3rd at the earliest, and then only if Garoppolo falls for some reason.

  • Carlos

    Either we grab Donald with the 16th or we trade down like last year and grab Hageman (and risk them both not being there.) I we do trade down i hope we could grab one of them and get another 2 round pick. San Francisco has plenty of picks to blow it’s ridiculous. We need to somehow grab a DT, DE, OT/OG, S, and a QB. Plans might change if we are able to grab a FA like Henry Melton.
    We have no depth at OT really. We could get instant OL starter if we drafted him early due to lack of need some teams have (minus the dolphins, Giants.) If we can do that we could have a very young OL that will be there for years. Tyron Smith, Waters/Leary,Travis Frederick, Doug Free, Draft Pick. The OL draft pick could kick free to guard. We cant trust the knees of Leary, the inconsistency of Free, Bernedeau and the age of waters. A pretty good QB should be there in the mid-rounds.

  • D Harris

    I like drafting a QB in a higher round, but not AJ. I don’t think he has a high skill set.
    He looks like a Tom Brady who would benefit from a prescribed game play like the Patriots run. I think his attitude is not good either.