Cowboys QB: Drafting AJ McCarron in Second Round

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Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws th ball as he is pressed by Auburn Tigers defensive end Elijah Daniel (97) at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The suggestion is clear: AJ McCarron is a good fit for the Cowboys as a potential starter down the road — consider the second round pick an investment and a bridge to the future.

But, let’s face it, this is a team sport and asking McCarron to compensate for blemishes around the team isn’t a job for rookies. See Tony Romo for those duties; he’s been great at it and doesn’t get the credit he deserves for some of the extra janitorial duties he does.

AJ McCarron is not known for his deep ball; it’s something he would be forced to develop if Rob Marinelli can’t fix the defense. But, with time on the bench, McCarron should improve this part of his game as he adjusts to the speed of the NFL.

The scheme, environment, and style of offense will play a big part in McCarron’s success. With the right coaches and players around him, McCarron should have no problem being a success.

For AJ McCarron, the Dallas Cowboys might follow Troy Aikman’s success template. McCarron, using his skill set, would make accurate, high percentage throws (short to medium) in attempt to control the ball and pile on points in the first half while the team defensively controls the second half.

The Final Word

The Cowboys can have it both ways — offense and defense in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Drafting AJ McCarron is a realistic, solid option.

The return on investment won’t be instant, but finding these types of quarterbacks isn’t in the scope for Dallas. Even Tony Romo sat for three years.

It’s time for Dallas to name their quarterback of the future. This particular one exists somewhere in the second round.


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