Hubbard a cautionary tale

May 12, 2014

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Former Tide linebacker Adrian Hubbard left a year of NCAA eligibility on the table and went undrafted, something of a surprise given that some projections suggested he'd be snatched up in the middle rounds. It's a cautionary tale for juniors coming out early on bad advice, but Hubbard is far from the first to learn that lesson the hard way, and he certainly won't be the last. He did catch on with the Green Bay Packers in signing an undrafted free agent contract. And if he ultimately makes the Green Bay roster long enough to sign a bigger contract, his decision will be much better justified. If he's cut, however, as most undrafted free agents are, he'll be left to wonder what another year at Alabama would have done for his draft stock. One thing is for sure: Hubbard now becomes the best example of the Nick Saban Era for staying in college. And don't think Saban won't bring Hubbard up the next time an Alabama underclassman is on the brink of turning pro too early.

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