J.J. McCarthy's NFL draft stock is soaring

The former Michigan football quarterback had a stellar performance on Saturday and his stock is on the rise.
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) reacts during the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) reacts during the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football players had another strong day at the NFL draft combine, but maybe the best performance was from quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

The Michigan football legend has been rising up draft boards in recent weeks and his decision to throw on Saturday will only help. Jayden Daniels, Caleb Williams, and Drake Maye decided not to throw this weekend. They weren't going to run either.

McCarthy was going to run the 40-yard dash and if he did, NFL scouts would have been buzzing even more. Instead, he held off because of hamstring tightness. Yet, after being measured at nearly 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, the former Michigan football starting quarterback went out and slung it.

McCarthy was throwing the ball against just air. But he was on the money with every throw and had a deep bomb of about 60 yards that was right on the money. Besides that, McCarthy threw the ball 61 MPH according to the Laser Gun, which was the second fastest behind another former Michigan football quarterback, Joe Milton, who was clocked at 62.

For reference, Josh Allen threw the ball 61 MPH. So J.J. McCarthy has the arm strength of Josh Allen. He's also going to the run the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range. With his accuracy, dazzling arm talent, and leadership skills, it's not a shock that McCarthy is getting talked about as a top-3 quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft.


Ian Rapoport reported that this morning before McCarthy threw and dazzled NFL scouts even more. Those who laughed at the idea of McCarthy going in the top 10 will look really foolish when he winds up getting drafted in the top five.