Bill Polian: AJ McCarron better than any QB in 2017 NFL Draft

By Michael Dixon
Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Bill Polian is introduced at the 2015 Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian doesn’t think much of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. In fact, he believes that little-used Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron is better than any of them.

McCarron was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 164th overall. He was the ninth quarterback taken that year.

He’s played sparingly, getting into seven games (plus a playoff game) in the 2015 season, but nothing otherwise. McCarron has a regular season completion percentage of 66.4 with six career touchdown passes, two picks, and a 97.1 passer rating.

The Bengals would be well advised to see how many current NFL executives agree with Polian’s take. While this isn’t expected to be a great quarterback class, plenty of teams have a need at the position. If McCarron is viewed similarly (or better) than Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, and DeShone Kizer, Cincinnati would do well to look for a trade partner.