Earlier this week, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made headlines for what he said about players leaving early for the NFL draft. Saban came out strongly against players entering the draft when they have a low grade from NFL scouts.
"Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh-round grades, free-agent grades, fifth-round grades that are going out to the draft. And the person that loses in that is the player," Saban said over the weekend, via Saturday Down South.
"If you’re a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year — I’m not going to say any names — goes and starts for his team, so he’s making third-round money, which is not that great."
It turns out, not all coaches agree.
Saban's former offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, took to social media to give his take.
"If 60 juniors got second and third round grades how would they all go in top 15 if they come back?" Kiffin said on Twitter.
"Some come back and go in worse rounds than what their jr grades were. Love when kids leave and fulfill their dreams. What do u say if they get hurt and lose money?"
There are two sides to the argument, and both have their merits.
However, in a sport where longevity is an issue, players will always look to secure their financial future at the earliest possible moment.