In defending Alabama star left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, coach Nick Saban expressed his frustration
with NFL draft experts, especially Mel Kiper and Todd McShay...
“I think a lot of expectations are created with these guys,” Saban said. “I hate it thatMel Kiper and all these guys say this is the No. 1 guy at his position. They don’t even have an idea.”
“And most of the teams haven’t even evaluated them yet when they’re underclassmen,” Saban said. “But what it does create is this expectation that this guy is the best left tackle that ever played the game. So every time he gets beat, well, he isn’t playing very well.
“But the fact of the matter is, is he still plays pretty well. Has he gotten beat a few times? Yeah. Is that unusual for any player? Probably not. I’m sure if you ask him, he would tell you things he’s like to improve on and do better. And I think there’s things that I’d like for him to improve on and continue to get better. But nobody here is disappointed in the way he’s performed and we’re going to keep on helping him to be the most consistent performer he can be.”