Scouts reportedly ‘befuddled’ by A.J. McCarron’s claims

With the draft less than a week away, A.J. McCarron’s name is reportedly buzzing around the league.

And that’s not a good thing. reported that “multiple scouts are befuddled” by the former Alabama quarterback’s recent claims about his draft position.

During a radio appearance last week, McCarron stated “pretty much everyone so far” — meaning NFL executives — said he has a first-round grade.

“They felt like I could go anywhere from 16-35,” McCarron said. “I believe that, too. At the same time, I don’t have my hopes set on anything. Whatever happens, happens. It’s a blessing for me to even be in this situation.”

The Cowboys hold the No. 16 overall pick, and have shown no inkling that they will shock the world by selecting McCarron. In fact, the best news regarding the ex-Crimson Tide star has come via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who said on SportsCenter Thursday that one team “loves (McCarron) as a possible late first-, early second-rounder.”

Despite his gleeful (but misguided) optimism, McCarron, as NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah noted, is more likely to slide down draft boards than rise up them.

“I heard a while back, maybe the Arizona Cardinals at No. 20, but I haven’t heard that as much,” Jeremiah said. “More than likely you’re talking about later on in the second round, maybe in the third round. If I had to set a sweet spot for AJ McCarron, it would have to be in that early third-round mix. I did have one person tell me there’s a very real chance McCarron could be this year’s Matt Barkley, a guy we saw slide down in last year’s draft.”

But, hey, at least he’s getting his own TV show.

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Zack Kelberman
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