Saban wants NFL draft evals released later
HOOVER, Ala. - Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks something happened to the team's chemistry from the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.
Saban said Wednesday at SEC media day one factor was that six juniors received their evaluations for the NFL draft during that period. He wants that date pushed back until after the final game to prevent possible distractions.
Linebacker Reggie Ragland opted to stay for his senior year but says "a lot of guys got sidetracked by that."
Ohio State beat Alabama 42-35 in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs en route to the national title. Ragland said the Buckeyes were "a formidable opponent" but feels the Tide could have at least shown up with a better performance.