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Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney Want NFL Draft Evaluations, Declaration Date Moved Back

Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban pose with the College Football Playoff national title trophy.

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Redshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night's National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today's press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. 

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Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.