Saban has gone to bat for Andre Smith

Andre Smith’s draft problems may be a thing of the past thanks to Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. said Nick Saban has defended Smith to NFL clubs.

Kiper told the Times Free Press, “I don’t think it’s much of an issue anymore. Nick Saban has gone to bat for this kid, and that’s helped Andre immensely and helped him make up for the mismanagement of this process. Getting suspended for Alabama’s bowl game, leaving the combine early, those things are reasons why Andre might be there at pick No. 13. Nick Saban really helped this kid. And by doing that, he helped put to rest some of those doubts those teams had and helped him not drop past No. 13.”