Michigan football's J.J. McCarthy not even thinking about NFL draft

J.J. McCarthy said he is focused only the Rose Bowl matchup for Michigan football, not the NFL draft.

2023 Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan
2023 Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan / Michael Hickey/GettyImages

One of the biggest storylines this offseason for Michigan football will be the NFL draft decision of quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

Despite some of the criticism being levied at McCarthy for his performance down the stretch, even though it was clear that he was hurt, J.J. is going to be a first-round pick if he enters the 2024 NFL draft.

Not only is McCarthy a dynamic athlete who looks to have 4.5 or 4.4 speed as a runner, but he throws the ball as well as anyone in college football. Not only is McCarthy incredibly accurate, but he's got unbelieve arm strength too -- just look at the touchdown pass against Ohio State.

That's the kind of throw that Aaron Rodgers could make. However, one of the great things about McCarthy is that he's able to "keep the main thing, the main thing" as he always says. McCarthy is elite in that regard and that's one reason he's quarterbacked Michigan football to a 25-1 record as a starter as well as two Big Ten titles.

McCarthy is thinking about Alabama, not the NFL draft

Jim Harbaugh said that he asked McCarthy if he wanted to discuss a potential NFL draft decision. The two are extremely close so it would make a lot of sense. However, McCarthy told Harbaugh he hasn't even thought of the NFL draft and that's only thought about Alabama.

Knowing McCarthy, I'm not surprised at all. The Wolverines have talked openly about winning the national championship. J.J. reiterated that on Monday, saying that the season wouldn't be a success unless Michigan football ended up as national champions.

I hope McCarthy sticks around for next season, but there's no quarterback I'd rather have leading my team heading into the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1.