Booger McFarland Doesn’t Hold Back His Thoughts On J.J. McCarthy

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Written By Maya Cantina

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The next edition of the NFL Draft features plenty of talent at the most important position in the game.

Experts project as many as five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round, and Michael Penix Jr. could also sneak in.

That would be almost 20% of first-round picks being used on quarterbacks, which would clearly lead to some reaches and questionable decisions.

That’s the only reason why ESPN analyst Booger McFarland believes J.J. McCarthy could be a top-ten selection.

Talking on Get Up, McFarland claimed that he would be shocked if McCarthy were to go ahead of Drake Maye.

“There’s no way you can convince me J.J. McCarthy is the third-best player in this draft. I don’t think he’s the fourth-best player in this draft,” McFarland said.

He thinks there’s no way anybody can convince him that McCarthy is the third-best or even fourth-best player in this draft class.

And while he understands how supply and demand work in the NFL Draft and why McCarthy could be so valuable for a team, he’s not impressed by his game.

Sample size aside, McFarland isn’t sold on McCarthy’s tape or convinced that he can do a lot of things at a high enough level to guarantee such a high selection.

McCarthy entered the draft process with some thinking of him as a borderline second-round selection, but he’s been the most notorious climber on this year’s big boards.

Scouts love his tape and the fact that he spent three years playing for an NFL coach in Jim Harbaugh, and with all QB-needy teams looking to get a new gunslinger, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him climb his way up to the top-five.

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