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Should underclassmen declare for the draft if they're not 1st or 2nd round projections?

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Dee Worley
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My husband (yes, I'm a woman posting on a football forum) played in the NFL. He left school after his junior season to declare for the draft, and was drafted in the first round (7th overall). He always says that if he didn't know he would be drafted in the first two rounds, he would've played his senior season (despite the fact that he had already torn his MCL when he was a sophomore). He insists that's the wisest choice for anyone who isn't a senior...not just because of the obvious financial benefits, but also because he believes football maturity AND character maturity are important to develop for as long as possible while in the college program bubble. I agree with him. 


   
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Posted by: Dee Worley

My husband (yes, I'm a woman posting on a football forum) played in the NFL. He left school after his junior season to declare for the draft, and was drafted in the first round (7th overall). He always says that if he didn't know he would be drafted in the first two rounds, he would've played his senior season (despite the fact that he had already torn his MCL when he was a sophomore). He insists that's the wisest choice for anyone who isn't a senior...not just because of the obvious financial benefits, but also because he believes football maturity AND character maturity are important to develop for as long as possible while in the college program bubble. I agree with him. 

I agree Dee! These players really messed themselves up by leaving so early and theyll regret not listening to Coach saban because there not going to make much money had they stayed another year. And glad to have you on board we need more woman! ? 


   
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Posted by: Dee Worley

My husband (yes, I'm a woman posting on a football forum) played in the NFL. He left school after his junior season to declare for the draft, and was drafted in the first round (7th overall). He always says that if he didn't know he would be drafted in the first two rounds, he would've played his senior season (despite the fact that he had already torn his MCL when he was a sophomore). He insists that's the wisest choice for anyone who isn't a senior...not just because of the obvious financial benefits, but also because he believes football maturity AND character maturity are important to develop for as long as possible while in the college program bubble. I agree with him. 

I remember your husband Dee and he was a fine player. Enjoyed watching him in the 80s. As for your question, it all depends. Coach made a great point, but the other side to that argument is the player who just can't wait another year. Take Ronnie Harrison for example. His father passed and his situation changed dramatically. Who in that year timeframe was going to help his family while Ronnie played another year? Saban? Alabama? I think we know the answer to that question. 

Now back Saban's point, he is absolutely right that these players should take the feedback and know how much money they could be leaving on the table. Broke my heart watching Mack sit for two days to hear his name knowing he'd be a fore sure 1st rounder next year had he returned. Same for Dieonta (spelling? lol). 

Your husband is right though, no shame in staying four years. Damien Harris proved that and others. 


   
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Sherri Boldt
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I will agree ... I think the lure of money has really become a problem. Commitment is important... stay and play AND improve!!! I hated seeing Wilson sit during the draft but I knew he would because he got bad advise. He needed another solid year under his belt. In fact many of them did and it showed by where they were drafted and even that they were not drafted and ended up signing undrafted. Staying and playing is where I stand. I know they want money but an extra year gives them so much more. ROLL TIDE


   
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Nancy Howle
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Dee, you have much more football cred than I do but I am also a woman who loves AL football. 

My hubby & I have discussed this several times and of course there has been recent twitter activity on this subject. I completely agree that the underclassmen should wait to declare unless confidently projected as 1st or 2nd round picks. I also think that Nick Saban gives sound advice on this subject and the athletes should heed his advice. Could he be wrong? Of course but he certainly has much more experience to make the call than family, friends or even agents. Stay & play to get the physical and mental maturity to handle the next step if not a sure thing. ROLL TIDE!


   
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Posted by: Nancy Howle

Dee, you have much more football cred than I do but I am also a woman who loves AL football. 

My hubby & I have discussed this several times and of course there has been recent twitter activity on this subject. I completely agree that the underclassmen should wait to declare unless confidently projected as 1st or 2nd round picks. I also think that Nick Saban gives sound advice on this subject and the athletes should heed his advice. Could he be wrong? Of course but he certainly has much more experience to make the call than family, friends or even agents. Stay & play to get the physical and mental maturity to handle the next step if not a sure thing. ROLL TIDE!

The more women the merrier! Our guys have to understand CNS knows way more then they do and have there best interests at heart. These kids think they know so much and wanna get to the pros so fast but just aint prepared and it showed in the draft! Our coaching will be so much better this year i think so I really expect us to play to are potential.


   
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I've covered football for more years than most and it depends on the individual and their circumstance. If there's a dire need for immediate money, then yes, go for it, if not then unless you're a sure fire first rounder, don't leave. Yes, you could be injured, but most aren't. Get your degree... You'll be better in the long run after the NFL money is gone...

Larry Burton


   
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Posted by: Larry Burton

I've covered football for more years than most and it depends on the individual and their circumstance. If there's a dire need for immediate money, then yes, go for it, if not then unless you're a sure fire first rounder, don't leave. Yes, you could be injured, but most aren't. Get your degree... You'll be better in the long run after the NFL money is gone...

Larry Burton

I agree Larry I just think some of the players feel there window is closing so they need to go ahead and get that bag. I hate to see guys like Mack & Deionte go so late when pretty much everyone said they were first rounders and i saw when Shannon Sharpe said thompson remind him of Ed Reed or Shawn Taylor one of the 2. Now hes a 5th round pick with no guaranteed money...


   
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