Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks on from the sideline during the second quarter of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals add AJ McCarron in 5th Round


The Cincinnati Bengals got a steal for a QB who was projected to go late 3rd round to early 4th round in Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

AJ McCarron doesn’t have a Heisman trophy like some of the bigger prospects but he does have a National Championship ring, which means experience in the big games. Something they are lacking right now with Andy Dalton.

McCarron does not have the strongest arm, but is smart and accurate with the football. He has good field vision and isn’t afraid to get rid of the ball and throw it away when necessary. He was also a true leader on the Alabama offense.

His coach Nick Saban has experience at the NFL level and although he wasn’t the most successful in professional football, he can still teach to the system.

Some NFL profiles have AJ McCarron as a border line quarterback, not yet a starting QB material but too good to be a backup. He will have a chance to develop behind Andy Dalton, while putting the necessary pressure on Dalton for his starting role.

I look for McCarron to be the go to if Dalton falls behind quickly this season. This is Dalton’s prove it year. If he doesn’t, I like McCarron with this receiving core to have the success he has had at Alabama.

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  • Ron Fulton

    Bad pick. If they were looking for a QB, should have taken a much better one in the third round. He is a clone of Dalton with a less powerful arm. No accuracy.

  • [email protected]

    No he is much more accurate than Dalton, he doesn’t have the greatest arm strength but makes up with good solid decisions. He also had the big game experience that Dalton lacks. He was a projected 3-4th rounder

  • [email protected]

    The shallow male side of me says, anything that bring Katherine Webb to the Queen City is good enough for me!

  • djbillyd

    Another case of “the luck of the draw”. The fact that AJ was even drafted is a surprise to me. And I’m an Alabama fan. I loved his leadership, right up until he threw the team under the bus for the two season ending losses. He shot his wad with that crap.
    But I wish the kid the best. I’m not a Bengals fan, never will be, but I’ll watch ‘em if I know that AJ is going to play. So, they have acquired a potential viewer.

    • [email protected]

      He will grow up fast, especially when he sees guys like Andrew Whitworth coming at him for being an egotistical idiot! I look forward to seeing what he brings.

      • djbillyd

        You got a point. It’s a different beast with the NFL pass rush!

  • djbillyd

    I’m glad the AJ McCarron era is over at Alabama. I need to see that Alabama can win natties without this little whiner. The more he talks to the media, the less I like him. “I was hurt…, I sacrificed a lot…, I…,” this, “I” that, “I” the other. “That school”…, “Coach”…, like a little wimp that finally left the nest.
    I wish him well, but I REALLY wish he would STFU!!!

    • matthewwillson

      Yeah, he is complaining because he wasn’t a first round draft pick like his precious agent said!!!