Alabama players are falling in the draft because they’re beat up and maxed out
Several Alabama players fell in the first round of last night’s draft, and Colin says there’s a consensus among his sources and many NFL front office personnel that Alabama players are beat up when they come into the league after being driven into the ground by Nick Saban’s demanding regimen.
Defensive end Jonathan Allen, who fell to the Redskins, had surgery on both shoulders, and Reuben Foster has already had a rotator cuff repaired. Tight end O.J Howard fell to Tampa with the 19th pick, but has a clean bill of health.
Even though he drives his players into the ground, Saban does coach them up. He is doing such a good job of it, that by the time Crimson Tide players hit the NFL, they’ve already reached their ceiling.
Bama put players into the NFL, but a program like Ohio State is leaving a bigger imprint.
Deshaun Watson was the big winner because he didn’t go #1
Even though Deshaun Watson may be disappointed that he was the third quarterback picked in the first round of last night’s draft, Colin says it’s a blessing in disguise.
Colin thinks Watson going to Houston rather than a dumpster fire like Cleveland will be put him in a better position for long-term success in his NFL career.
He inherits one of the best rosters in the NFL, great receiving targets, a proven offensive coach in Bill O’Brien, and he can learn behind competent veteran Tom Savage. All will help his development as an NFL quarterback.
If he went to a team, like a Cleveland, he would be expected to be a savior right away. The NFL history books are littered with the names of quarterbacks who tried to do the same and failed. Most never recovered – see Tim Couch and Akili Smith.
“Deshaun Watson was the winner yesterday because he didn’t go first.”
John Middlekauff – Former NFL scout and Bay Area radio host joins the show to talk 1st round; his take on the Niners draft; why the Raiders rolled the dice with Gareon Conley; and why Alex Smith will be good for Pat Mahomes.
Eric Mangini – Former Browns and Jets head coach is in-studio to discuss Deshaun Watson to the Texans; if Alabama players are getting a reputation as banged up; and why he wasn’t impressed with Cleveland’s night.
Cris Carter – FS1 host and Pro Football Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss the NFL Draft; his take on Gareon Conley getting drafted in the first round; and why he thinks Deshaun Watson will prove the doubters wrong.