TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama coach Nick Saban said he has a simple philosophy on whether talented juniors should stay with the Tide or head to the NFL:
If you’re going to be a first-round pick, it’s OK to leave.
“A first-round pick, it’s a really good probably decision to consider going to the NFL because of the amount of money involved, the business decision involved,” Saban said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.
But if you’re not a first-round pick, that’s different.
“If they’re not first-round draft picks, we think they should come back to school, graduate from school and continue to work and develop as a player so they can be a first-round draft pick,” he said.
The Tide coach talked about his draft philosophy when a questioner asked about whether he would tell Tide quarterback AJ McCarron to stay or go after the season. McCarron’s draft stock has risen this season with draft analysts.
Saban said the Alabama staff will help each player determine their draft stock after the season.