I don't know why so many coaches think using a game plan completely different from the NFL is such a great thing.
It seems a little too prolific to me, especially considering that players from a program that functions nothing like a NFL machine have trouble actually getting into the NFL.
Take the Oregon Ducks, for example. They have been a great team for the past several years. They narrowly lost the 2010 BCS National Championship Game by a field goal, and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last season.
What was the result of those accomplishments for Chip Kelly's former players looking to head to the next level?
Four players total were drafted, in Rounds 2 (LaMichael James), 5, 6 and 7. Oregon's talent-laden squad played in a system so drastically different than the NFL that most of the NFL just said, "No thanks."
Alabama had four players go in the first round alone, and nearly had five in the first round.
Pipeline states will only take these coaches so far. They need to do a better job getting their players ready for the next level, and they know it.
When teams become known as pro-factories, well, it can be pretty tough to compete with them for the biggest prep school recruits.
Too many coaches are only concerned with what the players can do for the coaches, and are not concerned with what they can do for the players at the next level.
But not Nick Saban, and prep prospects are starting to catch onto this.