Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is annoyed at the amount of underclassmen that have decided to declare for this years NFL Draft.
Saban will be losing five of his younger players to the draft this year, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio, Adrian Hubbard, Jeoffrey Pagan and Vinnie Sunseri all wanting to test their luck in the pro's early.
But only two of those players, Clinton-Dix and Kouandjio, look like they're going to go in the first round. And Saban says, if you're not destined to go in the first round then you're better off staying with the program and becoming a better player.
Pagan, Hubbard and Sunseri have not heeded this warning and they could be in for a rude awakening about the rigours of being a lower round draft pick in modern football.
Of the 73 underclassmen to turn pro last year, 21 went undrafted. Of the 52 players who were drafted, 25 were taken in the first two rounds. That's "not a very secure future for you in terms of what your career might bring, the number of years you might play, as well as how much money you might make,” Saban told reporters at the Senior Bowl earlier this week.
"I don’t think the NFL really wants this. I don’t really think the colleges want this," he went on to say. "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."