With the 37th pick in the 2014 Early NFL Mock Draft the Titans select...A.J. McCarron QB, Alabama.
The Titans have ended up with their #1 defensive player (not named Clowney) and their #3 QB.
Tennessee knew going into this draft that without a third round pick they would have to address QB in the top two rounds, and McCarron looked like the pick the whole time. If Teddy Bridgewater had fallen to the fifth overall pick the Titans would have jumped on him, but there just isn't a big enough difference in talent to justify taking a player in the top five whose talent equivalent can be drafted in the second round.
McCarron is a QB that a team can win with, he is a prototypical game manager but he also has an extra gear that could make him a very good NFL QB.
Do I think McCarron will ever be a top eight QB, no. However, a Titans team that adds McCarron and Bradley Roby (despite the loss of a few veteran FA) can definitely be competitive, and I think they would have a great shot at the playoffs.
Just take a look at the elite numbers that McCarron has put up in the toughest division in college football.
Career Passing numbers: 65.5% completion rate, 5,956 passing yards, 49 TDs, eight INTs.
For those of you that didn't catch that last number that is only eight interceptions in two years! That includes a 2012 campaign where he compiled 30 TDs and only three interceptions. This kid is only getting better as time goes on, and the Titans would be lucky to grab him at 37.
Here is what scouts and the media are saying about A.J. McCarron.
Former NFL scout and NFL analyst, Bucky Brooks has a very long and detailed point about McCarron here but a nice summary is that Brooks thinks McCarron has better arm strength than anyone is giving him credit for and he is a high-caliber person who will attract the attention of NFL teams in the top-40 picks.
Here is a great 30-second clip that shows what another former scout, Daniel Jerimiah sees when he judges McCarron's film.