In defending Alabama star left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, coach Nick Saban expressed his frustration with NFL draft experts, especially Mel Kiper and Todd McShay...
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“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.”

Filed Under: SEC Sports
Originally published on SECRant.com

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You tell him Saban!! frick the Mel guy with the hair!!
Reply51 months
frick Saban
Reply52 months
Saban just doesn't want Cyrus to go to the NFL. He knows how much worse his OLine will be without its best player. He thinks if Mel doesn't tell CK how badly NFL teams want him that he won't find out and will come back next year. Saban should just give him a loan to tie him over until next year and maybe he won't enter the draft.
Reply52 months
Nick Saban as head coach and general pooh bah of the Miami Dolphins had a chance to bring in Drew Brees. He took Duante Culpepper.
Reply52 months
Nick being Nick....can't control everybody my man
Reply52 months
It's different because these University's coaches don't openly criticize the player like Mel and co do in front of millions of viewers.
Reply52 months
How is evaluating and rating High School players different from evaluating and rating CFB players?
Reply52 months
Saban setting these "experts" straight. It would be awesome to see Saban go on a "keepin it real" tour after he retires and have him go on the CFB shows and chew everyone out.
Reply52 months
OH THE DRAMA!!!!!!!!!
Reply52 months
I agree with Saban.
Reply52 months
what?
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