John Harbaugh: Alabama and Michigan rookies arrive knowing what an NFL program is like

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The Ravens drafted Michigan linebacker David Ojabo in the second round and Alabama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis in the fourth round, and as Baltimore opens rookie minicamp, head coach John Harbaugh says those players already know what to expect at the next level.

Harbaugh said he likes coaching rookies from top college programs because they arrive in the NFL ready to go.

“There are certain college football programs that are built like NFL programs,” Harbaugh said. “Alabama is one, Michigan is the other one. The two top ones, I would say. Those are the ones I’m thinking of off the top of my head. So those guys generally come in and they know what to expect. It’s a little flatter for those guys in terms of practice and understanding how it works.”

Alabama has proven during the Nick Saban era to be the best program in college football, both at winning national championships and at producing NFL players. Harbaugh may be a bit biased in putting Michigan at Alabama’s level, as Harbaugh’s brother Jim Harbaugh is Michigan’s head coach, but the point stands that Harbaugh likes having rookies who are up to speed from Day One.

22 responses to “John Harbaugh: Alabama and Michigan rookies arrive knowing what an NFL program is like

  1. Michigan is a top program? Yeah, for one year in the past GENERATION. Lol.

  2. He’s not “putting Michigan at Alabama’s level.” He’s talking about how the programs are ran. And it makes sense, because one team is led by a highly successful NFL head coach and the other is ran by Nick Saban.

  3. The amount of practice time NCAAF gets versus NFL is totally different. So no, John Harbaugh, those draftees don’t have any understanding. NCAAF basically rules your entire life and all your free time. In the NFL, the players are adults who spend their own time as they will, and get options on certain practices like minicamps and stuff. Plus there are “veteran off-days”. None of that happens in the NCAA. The practice schedules are totally different. The coaching style is totally different. This is all a lot of hot air that Harbaugh is using to try to build up his brother.

  4. After watching Georgia beat the snot out of Michigan in the college football playoffs…I’m not so sure John Harbaugh’s assessment on Michigan football is accurate(definitely some brother bias there for sure)

  5. Ah yes, the Michigan program that’s one won conference championship in the last decade.

  6. Jim Harbaugh has been very successful as an NFL coach and a college coach. He’s the best at preparing young men for the pro game, and that’s what this story is about.

  7. What a joke. Michigan’s been average to bad for the almost the entire last 15 years.

  8. Of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, 19 had their options exercised (59%)

    Of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, 3 were from Alabama. 2 of those 3 had their option exercised (67%)

    Of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, 2 were from Michigan. 1 of those 2 had his option exercised (50%)

    I’d say, Alabama players enter the NFL slightly more prepared than average, and Michigan players come in slightly less prepared. Based on the objective success/failure after three years.

  9. Nick saban? Lol. He’s not a coach. He’s a great salesman living off college boosters.

  10. Being prepared and being good are two different things. He talked about how the player knows what to expect. I’m also sure he was throwing his brother a HUGE bone too.

  11. It amazes me that kids go into college looking at the school rather than trying to find coaches who will turn them into pros. If I had a son going into that level, I’m looking at how many kids coaches have put into the NFL by position rather than the school. Better to have the ability to play for 3-4 years, receive great coaching at your position, and really grow to your fullest potential than go to a school that allows you to play for a college championship. Kids grow up wanting to be in the NFL, not win amateur titles.

  12. You mean Alabama players. Michigan players? LOL. They all blow.

  13. You mean Alabama players. Michigan players? LOL. They all blow except TB12

  14. All the Michigan hate cracks me up. They currently have 52 players on NFL rosters LOL

  15. College coaches aren’t paid to develop players for the NFL.
    They are paid to win as many games as they can.
    People think Nick Saban develops players for the League.
    No. He simply gets most of the best players for his program.
    And does anyone who’s not a Wolverines fan think Michigan is a direct pipeline to the NFL?
    Colleges don’t run NFL level programs.

  16. Ohio State also runs an offense and defense very similar to what is seen in the nfl. Surprisingly LSU is not that similar despite a heavy influence of saints organization help,input,and former staff.

  17. Ozzie Newsome is from Bama and has always drafted Bama players when possible.

    John’s brother, Jim, coaches at Michigan.

    The notion he asserts is predicated almost entirely on these biases. Facts show that Saban has no clue how to run a professional program, and Michigan has had one strong year in the past 15 years. This is just professional backscratching at best.

  18. I don’t have much praise for Nick Saban the person but as a coach he does run that program like a machine. It’s a flat out factory of NFL talent. UM, not so much.

  19. The Commanders are stacked with Alabama players. How has that worked out?

  20. religionisforidiots says:
    May 7, 2022 at 2:36 pm
    Ah yes, the Michigan program that’s one won conference championship in the last decade.
    ****************************************************************************************
    religionisforidiots, to keep from being a grammar idiot, maybe switch the order of “one won”

  21. 100% true. Notice nobody ever says this about Michigan State or Auburn.

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