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Alabama delaying NFL draft feedback until after title game

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Saban understands the importance of media day (1:11)

ESPN's Tom Rinaldi walks and talks with Alabama coach Nick Saban, who explains his approach when preparing his players for media day. (1:11)

Alabama voted as a team to withhold NFL draft evaluations from the players who applied to the league for feedback until after the national championship game, tight end O.J. Howard told ESPN.

"All our focus is on one game," Howard said.

According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is rated No. 7 overall, defensive end Jonathan Allen is No. 26, running back Derrick Henry is No. 37 and Howard is No. 43.

Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson has already declared for the NFL draft. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safety Jayron Kearse are also likely to enter the draft, according to sources.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett said Saturday he was 60 percent likely to return for a senior season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has suggested NFL draft feedback might be withheld until after the season as a way to limit distraction.

Saban has also suggested the deadline for declaring could be moved back as another way to help players make more informed decisions under a less stressful timeline.