AJ McCarron's draft stock always makes for an interesting debate among college football fans and NFL scouts. Some say he's more of a game manager and reminds them of an Alex Smith, while others look at his on the field accomplishments and think he could thrive at the next level.
One person who believes in his ability happens to be his girlfriend, Katherine Webb. Shocker, right? During Alabama's 48-7 romp over Kentucky, ESPN's NFL draft expert, Todd McShay, gave his thoughts on the Alabama signal-caller, and Webb didn't take his criticism too kindly, as she laughed it off on Twitter (h/t College Spun):
You have to love a woman who defends her loved ones.
So, what did McShay say exactly? While gently praising all of his accomplishments, McShay was setting up the bomb toward the end by labeling McCarron a third tier quarterback.
To be fair, McShay does have a point with all of the talented quarterbacks eligible for the draft next year. Teddy Bridgewater may end up being the first overall pick. Brett Hundley is loved by the majority of the NFL draft community. Marcus Mariota is rising up draft boards with every touchdown he scores for Oregon. That doesn't include Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, Tajh Boyd and even Zach Mettenberger or Derek Carr.
The competition is steep and McCarron doesn't have the skill set that jumps off the screen.
However, Webb should be happy to know that draft experts are wrong all the time. Brett Favre was drafted in the second round. Dan Fouts was picked up in the third round. Some guy named Tom Brady? He was one of the last selections in the sixth round.
It's not where you're picked, it's what you do with your shot to make an NFL roster.
Good news is that McCarron will get that shot to make an impact in the NFL and prove McShay wrong.