If Ryan Mallett does get traded this offseason, the New England Patriots will need to draft a young quarterback to develop. Alabama's A.J. McCarron might fit the bill.
While McCarron doesn't impress throwing 40 yards down the field, his accuracy and football intelligence would translate well to an offense led by Josh McDaniels.
While at the combine, McCarron mentioned the Patriots as a spot where he would like to land. Erik Frenz from The Boston Globe had more from Indianapolis:
He may not get a chance to start right away, with Brady still playing at a high level, but that would allowo him time to develop and learn the Patriots' offense. Regardless, McCarron is still excited about the possibility of heading to New England and learning from the two-time NFL MVP and three-time Super Bowl champion.
Per Frenz, McCarron said, "I love the Patriots organization. If I had the chance to go there and sit behind Brady for however long and learn from one of the best to ever play the game, that would be an awesome experience."
With Nick Saban—a former colleague of Bill Belichick—as his former head coach at Alabama, expect the Patriots to know exactly what they're getting if they choose to pick McCarron this May. That said, don't expect him to be around on day three of the draft.