Why Isn’t Top NFL Draft Prospect J.J. McCarthy at the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit?

J.J. McCarthy is one of the top QB prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft class, but he elected to skip out on attending the event in Detroit.

J.J. McCarthy is regarded among the top quarterback prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft class but is one of a few prominent players who elected to skip attending the event in person. Here’s a look at why the Michigan product is not in Detroit for the event.

Why Is J.J. McCarthy Not in Detroit at the NFL Draft?

The NFL announced a few weeks back the list of 13 players attending this year’s draft in person.

Highly touted quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye headline the group of attendees alongside fellow top prospects Terrion Arnold, Marvin Harrison Jr., JC Latham, Laiatu Latu, Quinyon Mitchell, Malik Nabers, Rome Odunze, Darius Robinson, Brian Thomas Jr. and Dallas Turner.

McCarthy, however, was not on the list of in-person attendees, which is at its lowest number since 13 players attended in 2021. There were 17 prospects in attendance at last year’s event in Kansas City.

This is likely due to a few reasons. For one, prospects and the league both want to avoid the awkward situation of projected first-round picks sliding later into the draft and having all the attention on them as a result, similar to what happened with Will Levis last year. Additionally, many prospects may prefer simply to enjoy the event in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by family.

McCarthy is certainly one player who appears to have made that decision as Pro Football Talk reported he declined an invite.

McCarthy’s Potential in the NFL

McCarthy impressed over the last two seasons at Michigan, particularly in 2023, leading the Wolverines to a national championship. He threw for 2,991 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just four interceptions while also running for 202 yards and three scores while showcasing physical tools that have enamored NFL evaluators.

Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings also had plenty of praise for McCarthy’s skill set in his scouting report of the standout QB:

“A tremendous physical foundation is what buoys McCarthy’s profile in the first-round range. Though he sports a leaner build, he’s a high-level athlete and a high-level creator with an extremely loose and elastic arm.

“His combined evasive ability, flexibility, and off-platform torque expand the possibilities with him on the field, and as a thrower, he has the ease of velocity and angle freedom to make all the throws.”

How To Watch the 2024 NFL Draft

All three days of the 2024 NFL Draft will be broadcast on both ESPN and NFL Network, while ABC will also have unique coverage of the first two days before televising ESPN’s coverage on Day 3. There are also various streaming options to access those channels, along with radio broadcasting options.

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The first round gets rolling Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, while Rounds 2 and 3 will be Friday starting at 7 p.m. ET and Rounds 4-7 get underway at noon ET on Saturday.

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