NFL Coach Thinks J.J. McCarthy Could Be 3rd QB Drafted in 2024

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NFL Coach ‘Wouldn’t Be Surprised’ if J.J. McCarthy is 3rd QB Taken in 2024 NFL Draft

As the 2024 NFL draft approaches, Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy finds himself potentially rising in the quarterback rankings, according to an anonymous NFC assistant coach speaking to’s Tom Pelissero. Once considered the clear No. 4 QB prospect, McCarthy’s stock is on the upswing, with speculation that he could even be the third quarterback taken.

The assistant coach attributes McCarthy’s appeal to his readiness for the pro level, citing his experience in a pro-style system under former Michigan and current Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh. McCarthy’s strong showing at the combine interview and his composed demeanor further bolster his draft profile, along with an impressive pro day performance.

While USC’s Caleb Williams is widely expected to go first overall to the Chicago Bears, the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots, both in need of quarterbacks at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, may now be considering McCarthy alongside other prospects like LSU’s Jayden Daniels and North Carolina’s Drake Maye.

J.J. McCarthy
J.J. McCarthy (Credits: Bleacher Report)

Despite leading Michigan to an undefeated season and a national championship, McCarthy’s statistics in a predominantly run-first offense have raised some questions, with concerns about his passing numbers.

Some attribute McCarthy’s recent surge in draft stock not only to the pre-draft process but also to the NFL coaches’ finally having the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate his college tape. While scouts typically gravitate towards physical tools, coaches appreciate McCarthy’s decision-making, game management, and overall understanding of NFL-style play.

While McCarthy may lack the flashy upside of other top prospects, he’s seen as a safer pick with a higher floor, potentially making him an attractive option for teams seeking stability at the quarterback position.

Given the New England Patriots’ past success with a University of Michigan quarterback in, Tom Brady, McCarthy could be a natural fit for the organization if they opt for him over other prospects. However, if the top three quarterbacks are off the board early, there could be a scramble among quarterback-needy teams to trade up and secure McCarthy, with teams like the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers potentially being targeted for trades by teams eager to acquire him.


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