3 QB options for Michigan football after J.J. McCarthy declares for NFL draft

Michigan football QB J.J. McCarthy has declared for the NFL draft, here are three options for the Wolverines to replace him.
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Jayden de Laura

A more realistic option for Michigan football could be former Arizona starting quarterback Jayden de Laura. He was once the starter for Washington State and started all 12 games for the Wildcats during the 2022 season for Jedd Fisch.

Fisch worked for Harbaugh once in Ann Arbor. So there's a possible connection there and de Laura isn't a guy that's going to command a huge NIL dead at this point. He entered the transfer portal, but there's a chance he could declare for the NFL draft.

de Laura helped Arizona go from one win in 2021 to five wins in 2022. He passed for 3,685 yards and 25 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. He also had 10 touchdown passes and five interceptions but eventually lost his job to Noah Fifita. He also has 12 career rushing touchdowns but isn't much of a runner, however, he has completed 63 percent of his passes for his career and is a former high school teammate of Michigan football receiver Roman Wilson, who is expected to enter the NFL draft.

Yet, that could be another connection between de Laura and Michigan football. It seems like an ideal fit if the Wolverines want a productive signal-caller with experience and NFL-level talent.