Cincinatti, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback AJ McCarron said he was “hurt” by reports that suggested his cockiness in pre-draft meetings caused him to slide down fifth-round of the draft.
“It [stinks] that it hurt me like that, but at the same time, I feel like God had a plan,” said McCarron Wednesday according to ESPN. “Everything’s going to work itself out. I’m happy, and hopefully at the end of the day I’ll get the last laugh.”
In the days before the draft, McCarron was believed to have third-round grades, according to various draft analysts.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter suggested Saturday that team executives felt they were rubbed the wrong way by McCarron during the pre-draft meetings.
“He was critical of other people,” Schefter also said.
NFL Network reported that some were bugged by how cocky they felt McCarron came off.
But Bengals veteran defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who has known McCarron since the quarterback was a sophomore in high school, said that a lot of people will confuse confidence with cockiness.
McCarron was part of three national champions with the Alabama Crimson Tide and was a starter when they won the titles in 2011 and 2012. He also was a Heisman Trophy runner-up. He believed his resume backed up his ability to speak openly and candidly with team officials he spoke with before the draft.
“I guess when teams met with me, they wanted me to say I’ll be a third-round guy and a mediocre quarterback,” McCarron said. “Maybe I was too honest or something. “