Posted: 4:18 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
By Louis Bien
AJ McCarron will forgo the 2014 Senior Bowl and the additional opportunity to impress NFL scout before the 2014 NFL Draft in May.
A.J. McCarron will not accept his invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt. The senior Alabama quarterback feels that his tenure with the Crimson Tide is strong enough to stand out on its own with the 2014 NFL Draft looming in May.
McCarron finished second in Heisman voting this season after leading Alabama to an 11-1 record and Sugar Bowl berth. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions at 8.75 yards per attempt this season.
Despite his senior season accolades, however, McCarron may struggle standing out in what is considered a loaded quarterback draft class. In Mocking The Draft's latest quarterback rankings, McCarron is considered the No. 12 prospect. Big names like Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel highlight the list, but the likes of Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and San Jose State's David Fales are also ranked as better prospects.
The Senior Bowl takes place every year to showcase some of the best senior talent coming out of college football. The 2014 roster features several big names, including defensive stars Michael Sam out of Missouri, Will Sutton out of Arizona State, Jason Verrett out of TCU and Chris Borland out of Wisconsin.