Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy, instrumental in leading the team to an undefeated season and securing the national championship with a victory over Washington, has officially declared for the 2024 NFL Draft. McCarthy, who played a crucial role in the Wolverines’ success, announced his decision in a statement posted on social media.
“After three incredible years at the University of Michigan, I have decided to enter the 2024 NFL draft,” McCarthy stated. He further expressed the difficulty of the decision, emphasizing his love for his teammates, coaches, and the university.
Having initially shared playing time with Cade McNamara in 2021, McCarthy assumed the starting role during the 2022 season and continued to excel in 2023. He completed 240 of 332 passes for 2,991 yards and 22 touchdowns with a low interception count of four. McCarthy’s impressive arm strength and athleticism position him as a promising prospect for NFL teams seeking a quarterback for the future.
Despite Michigan’s emphasis on a run-heavy approach in critical games, McCarthy’s notable performances in key matchups, including the Rose Bowl against Alabama, showcased his abilities on the big stage. McCarthy’s decision to enter the NFL Draft adds clarity to Michigan’s quarterback situation for the upcoming season, with Alex Orji likely to take on the starting role.
In a draft class featuring top quarterbacks like North Carolina’s Drake Maye and USC’s Caleb Williams, McCarthy is anticipated to be among the highly sought-after prospects and could potentially be a first-round pick. As McCarthy sets his sights on the professional stage, attention now turns to the future of Michigan’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and whether he will remain with the Wolverines or explore opportunities in the NFL.