Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is on a mission to convince the NFL that he has been underrated throughout the pre-draft process.
The Browns are receiving his sales pitch. They're conducting a private workout with McCarron today, and he'll visit the team's headquarters next week, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this morning. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren't revealing their itinerary for pre-draft workouts and visits.
If the Browns don’t draft a quarterback fourth overall on May 8, they’ll certainly target one, if not two, later. They have 10 picks, including five in the first three rounds and seven in the first four rounds.
NFLDraftScout.com projects McCarron as a third- or fourth-round pick, though he has a much higher opinion of himself.
"I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won -- that’s usually the knock on me," McCarron said in late February at the NFL Scouting Combine. [People say I can’t throw] the deep ball and I won with NFL talent.
"So I definitely have a chip on my shoulder. I’m anxious to get out there and prove everybody wrong."
McCarron believes he could succeed with the Browns if they pick him.
"I would love Cleveland," he said. "It doesn’t matter where I play. We can go out and play in this parking lot. If there’s any NFL team out there, I’ll go and play for them. I just want to play the game of football. I just want to go out there and show the people that doubted me that I can play to a high capability.
"I’d definitely have to get used to the weather [in Cleveland]. But there’ve been plenty of guys who have come from the south [to play] up north. I’m pretty sure I’d be able to handle it."
The Browns also conducted a private workout today with Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Norwood as a fourth-round pick.
Another visit, workout
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will visit the Browns next week, a league source confirmed. He's also expected to work out for the team the week after next, the source said.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Murray, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season, as a fourth-round pick.
In a column published today, Mike Freeman of BleacherReport.com wrote the Browns “really love” Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and that “the feeling with many in football is that Cleveland will take Carr with its” second pick in the first round (26th overall).
Carr privately worked out for the Browns two weeks ago. He is also scheduled to visit them April 24, a league source said.