Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban said at SEC media days last week that draft evaluations affect team chemistry and should not be given out until the season is over, and he has an ally in LSU Tigers coach Les Miles. Speaking to Ken Rogers of the Dothan Eagle, Miles stated his view on the topic.
“I think it’s something that should be given thought to,” Miles told the Dothan Eagle. What you would like to do is have time with each player, be able to describe his situation. And if you have 10 guys — oh my gosh, in the middle of bowl practice — it’s impossible. So back [the deadline] up. Why make [the decision] in a hurry?”
It’s hard to argue with either man’s point. Most college football players have one common goal: play well in school and then get drafted into the NFL. With draft evaluations coming out before season’s end, and with some guys almost definitely playing at the same position, it could create some potentially unhealthy competition and team infighting in what is otherwise supposed to be a team sport.
Hopefully, Miles and Saban’s word force some changes in the near future.
LSU opens the season at home against the Southland’s McNeese State Cowboys on September 5.
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