The Lane Kiffin experiment has been a smashing success in Tuscaloosa, and Alabama’s latest championship run has the nation paying attention to Kiffin’s work.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., had nothing but praise for Kiffin in an NFL draft conference call Thursday afternoon.
Speaking about Jake Coker — whom Kiper upgraded from underrated to “late-rounder” — Kiper noted that Kiffin has worked wonders with unproven quarterbacks two seasons in a row.
“I thought Lane Kiffin did a good job with (Coker), as well, in terms of playcalling,” Kiper said. “I think it certainly helps Lane Kiffin (in terms of his resumé) immensely, being able to take a team with Blake Sims to the final four, and with Coker to win a national title; it speaks volumes about what a great offensive mind Lane Kiffin is.”
While Kiper was high on Coker and Kiffin — as well as several other Alabama players — he gave running back Derrick Henry a third-round grade and lamented the junior’s lack of “wiggle.”