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AJ McCarron a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft? Scouts see it differently

AJ McCarron a first-round pick in 2014 NFL draft? Scouts disagree AJ McCarron won three championships at Alabama. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron isn't shy about his talent.

A three-time champion at Alabama, McCarron believes he can excel at the next level, too, a fact seemingly affirmed to him during the pre-draft process. Appearing on the Paul Finebaum show on Monday, McCarron said that teams are telling him he's a first-round talent who "could go anywhere from 16-35."

That is news to a handful of NFL scouts who are "befuddled" at the notion of McCarron as a first-rounder, according to Pro Football Talk.

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Some reports have suggested that McCarron could go as high as No. 16 to the Dallas Cowboys, while ESPN's Chris Mortensen says there is a team that "loves" McCarron as a first-round pick. That said, McCarron has continually had his name left out of the top-tier QB conversation (which includes Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles and Carr), and it seems somewhat odd to think McCarron would be drafted before that group comes off the board.

Of course, all it takes is one team, and if their interest is high enough, it's possible that McCarron could be drafted in the first round -- maybe even ahead of bigger name quarterbacks. But you have to wonder how much of McCarron's big talk is reality and how much of it is posturing in the week leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.

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