In one of the deepest drafts in recent memory there were plenty of quarterbacks available for those teams that needed them. The Cincinnati Bengals spotted a need and filled it by drafting AJ McCarron in the fifth round.
He may not be the answer to the franchise like the Cleveland Browns or Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping with their passing selections.
Then again, the Bengals don’t need one of those. The Bengals have one of the top five rosters in the league and it has often been said they are just a quarterback away from being Super Bowl contenders.
I don’t even think they need that much. The last three years Andy Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs, been defeated in the first game throwing six interceptions in the process. Dalton has also achieved a completion percentage of over 50% just once in any of those games.
Simply put, the Bengals do not need a good quarterback they just need one who can take care of the football. McCarron can do that. Game-manager? Sure that’s what some say. Either way, the former Crimson Tide passer has thrown just 15 interceptions in his four year career at Alabama.
If there is one person you want to rely on not to throw an interception with the game on the line- it might just be AJ. With that said, there has been some recent alarming discoveries about his personality which could lead for pause by the Bengals.
Both ESPN and NFL Network referred to teams not liking his attitude during interviews. It’s also likely that teams took exception to him lying about being a first round pick earlier in the process.
He was simply not valued that highly, but he has found himself in a good situation. He has two great wide receivers in AJ Green and Brandon Tate and can also rely on Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill to provide run support.
Obviously McCarron is not going to start right away but, if progressed in the right way by the Bengals coaching staff, it could give Marvin Lewis a more reliable option if and when required.