College football is full of inequalities and unfair practices. From the differences in Cost of Attendance between schools to the rules regarding practice time on school break that the NCAA had to address this past week, there’s no such thing as a level playing field at this level.
Alabama coach Nick Saban wants to fix a different rule that affects college football players, and likely makes his job a lot more difficult.
The Montgomery Advertiser columnist Duane Rankin reported that Saban reaffirmed his dislike toward the NFL’s ability to hand out draft grades while players are still in action at the college level.
“Nick Saban wants a rule that a player not learn his NFL draft status until their season is over,” Rankin relayed via Twitter from the coach’s mouth at Sunday’s media availability from Phoenix, Ariz.
Saban preaches “process” and has always been a proponent of focus on the football field. If a player is thinking about his NFL draft grade, and whether he’ll forego his remaining eligibility to jump into the professional ranks, and not 100 percent locked onto the goal at hand – a national title – Saban’s team misses out on total functionality. Even if it’s just at a minute level.
Whether the title game ends late Monday or the wee hours Tuesday morning, Saban suggests the NFL not give draft grades to any college players … actively participating in bowl season, or not … until the final snap of the football season has been played.
Nick Saban wants NFL to not be allowed to give NFL draft status to players until after last game of season – whether it’s Dec. 7 or Jan. 11
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2016
The NFL’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft – currently set at Jan. 18 – might have to be pushed back for Saban’s wish to be granted. But that seems like a small price to pay to fix just one of college football’s unbalanced rules.