JJ McCarthy and Harbaugh Transition to NFL: Jim Harbaugh predicts JJ McCarthy will be first QB to be selected in NFL Draft

Jim Harbaugh, perhaps displaying some bias, holds a remarkably high opinion of J.J. McCarthy. The duo recently clinched the national championship with Michigan, marking the team’s first title since 1997. Both McCarthy and Harbaugh are making transitions to the NFL this season. McCarthy declared for the draft shortly after their championship victory, while Harbaugh has accepted the role of head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.

McCarthy’s draft prospects are diverse, with some projecting him as a potential first-round pick. However, Harbaugh goes even further, predicting that McCarthy could be the first quarterback selected in the draft, potentially surpassing Caleb Williams, who has long been considered the consensus top pick. McCarthy finds himself in a competitive quarterback class, featuring names like Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix Jr., and Bo Nix.

Harbaugh emphasizes McCarthy’s “it-factor,” citing his impressive throwing ability, athleticism, and overall demeanor. He believes that when people witness McCarthy’s skills in person and delve into his character, they may not be surprised if he emerges as the first quarterback chosen.

Former Michigan running back Blake Corum echoes Harbaugh’s sentiments, praising McCarthy’s dedication to improvement and leadership qualities. Corum even draws a parallel to legendary quarterback Tom Brady, expressing confidence in McCarthy’s potential for a lengthy and successful career.

In his two seasons as Michigan’s full-time starter, spanning 29 games, McCarthy showcased impressive statistics, completing 68.5% of his passes for 5,710 yards, 44 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

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