People have often said that Nick Saban does an incredible job preparing his players at the University of Alabama for the the next level. Saban often watches his former Crimson Tide players selected in the first-round of the NFL Draft and one of his former players is providing some insight on what gets the Alabama players ready for the pros.
San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, who was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in last year’s draft, says that one thing he learned during his rookie year is practices at Alabama are much harder than practices in the NFL.
“Playing at Alabama, practice-wise, is probably a lot harder than playing in the NFL,” Fluker said on Tide 99.1-FM in Tuscaloosa, via al.com. “Being under coach (Nick) Saban and the practices he makes each and every day was like an NFL game. That prepared me the most, being in that environment every single day … Coach made everything organized, just like being in the NFL.”
Fluker finished his rookie year on the NFL’s All-Rookie Team, so it is clear that he was ready to step in from day one and take on the demands of the NFL.
If it wasn’t for those tough practices at Alabama, Fluker may not have been as prepared.