WATCH: Nick Saban's four-minute discussion about players leaving early for the NFL Draft
Alabama held its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday, and Nick Saban spoke to the media following the event.
During his press conference, Saban was asked if there’s a noticeable difference during spring practice with all of Alabama’s underclassmen who left early for the NFL Draft. Well, Saban’s answer is yes, but let’s just say he got a little fired up about his answer, too.
“I think there’s no question that it’s different, but it’s no different here than it is any place else,” Saban started. “We’ve had this conversation I think before, but I’ve heard 135 guys or 142 guys went out early for the draft. I do know there are some pretty compelling stats out there about guys who went out early for the draft.
“I think in the last five years, not including this year, there’s been 380 players go out for the draft and 25 percent of those guys didn’t even get drafted. And another 25 percent weren’t on a team in three years. So, that means 50 percent of the guys who went out early for the draft had failed careers. But if you look at the number of first and second-round picks, there were very few guys who had failed careers.
“Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh round grades, free agent grades and fifth round grades that are going out for the draft. The person that loses in that is the player!”
Saban’s full answer can be seen below, via Bama Insider: