This year, a record 98 underclassmen made the conscious decision to bypass their final years in college to venture off to the greener–richer–pastures of the National Football League and take part in the 2014 NFL Draft this May.
But, for as happy as this may make some NFL scouts as they have their pick from an even larger litter now, you have to imagine that some college coaches aren’t happy about this growing trend, and you can probably add Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban to that list.
Saban, who can claim five of those 98 players, recently spoke about the trend while attending Senior Bowl practice in Mobile and he believes that it’s not only not in the best interest of the players, but the league as well.
“I don’t think the NFL really wants this, I don’t really think the colleges want this,” Saban said. “I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the players and I don’t know what the solution to the problem really is.”
There definitely are positives and negatives on both sides of the fence with this, but you can’t really believe that there is a college coach out there that doesn’t agree with Saban on this.