Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. McCarron, Quarterback: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report


The Kansas City Chiefs currently only have six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. With only six picks in the draft, it will be difficult for the Chiefs to fill all of the positions that need addressed.

While quarterback isn’t a necessity for Kansas City, it doesn’t hurt to think of the future. If the Chiefs decide to spend one of their six picks on a quarterback, A.J. McCarron would be an excellent choice.

McCarron played for Alabama for four years and ended his career with 9,019 passing yards, 77 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He led the Crimson Tide to back to back National Titles and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting this past season. McCarron is considered to be the sixth best quarterback in this year’s draft and is projected to go sometime in the third round (CBS Sports).

A.J. McCarron Combine Results

40-yard dash – 4.94 seconds

Vertical jump – 28.0 inch

Broad jump – 99.0 inch

3-cone drill – 7.18 seconds

20-yard shuttle – 4.34 seconds

(Courtesy of NFL.com)

McCarron would be a good pick for the Chiefs because Alex Smith is doing a great job at quarterback right now. McCarron could sit on the bench for a few seasons and learn the offense and then step up when the time comes.

 “An efficient game-managing quarterback who has shown he can carry an offense at times throughout his career, but more often is dependent on a terrific supporting cast. Grades out most highly for his intangibles and decision-making, knowing when and where to go with the ball, and could earn an NFL starting job.” – NFL.com’s ‘Bottom Line’ on A.J. McCarron

The only thing in the quoted paragraph that worries me is that if McCarron relies on a terrific supporting cast, Kansas City might not be a good fit for him. The Chiefs have a very poor wide receiving unit, which caused Smith and Jamaal Charles to carry the offense last season. Mel Kiper Jr. has even stated he wouldn’t be surprised if McCarron turned out to be a “right-handed Matt Leinart”.

Still, I wouldn’t be upset if McCarron came to Kansas City. He knows how to win and could bring that mentality to Arrowhead and help the Chiefs win some games years down the road.

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  • berttheclock

    Due to the lack of draft picks, I have argued against taking a QB in the draft. However, should McCarron be available in the 3rd or 4th round, he would be an excellent choice for the future of KC.

  • thabear04

    I would disagree we have Tyler Bray who is still learning the system and got more room to grow. You never know he might be take Alex Smith job once he is gone from the league.

    • Horace Lee Madre Jr

      I see your point but what’s Bray’s deal. He’s the guy who can “do it all” but NOBODY drafted him.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    I’ve watched Big Red win with bums so I know he can do something with AJ. He’s a winner if he’s nothing else

  • micah stephenson

    Why does the supporting cast thing bother you? ALEX Smith is no different.