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If McCarron wins a third championship, he could solidify himself as a first round pick.
AJ McCarron has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships in his two years as a starter. Last season, he led the FBS in passing efficiency and only threw three interceptions.
It's easy to say that he is a successful quarterback at the college level, but will his skill set translate to the next level and flourish as a starter in the NFL? That's what he must focus on in 2013 in order to help his draft stock at the end of his senior season.
McCarron has been a field general for Alabama the past two seasons and hasn't had eye-popping stats like other quarterbacks who have been taken early in the draft. But the upcoming season looks bright for the redshirt senior quarterback, as he looks to make history by winning a third consecutive national title.
McCarron has always had a dominant running game behind him since he has been under center. But this season, with a new-look offensive line and one experienced running back, the passing game will likely get more attention from the coaching staff.
He is surrounded by weapons on the outside, with a bevy of receivers to chose from on any given down. Everyone knows McCarron is accurate, but now he has even more hands to place the football into and that could spell trouble for opposing defenses.
Last season, he threw 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns with a depleted receiving corps and a freshman wide receiver. Just imagine what he can do with more opportunities and more targets to work with.
The formula is set for McCarron to have an outstanding final year at Alabama. And if he can prove that he is a threatening pocket passer, not only will he be toward the top of the Heisman watch list, but he will find himself rising up the draft projections list to the top of the class.