2016 College Season

Kicker Adam Griffith considered entering NFL draft before deciding to return to Alabama

-334e67ccf6a68141By Matt Zenitz | mzenitz@al.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter

Several draft-eligible Alabama players considered entering the NFL draft before deciding to return to school — including rising redshirt senior kicker Adam Griffith, according to Griffith’s high school coach, Hal Lamb.

“I think it was pretty close,” Lamb said. “I really did. He was contemplating on doing it, and I just told him to sit down and talk with coach [Nick] Saban. I think he and coach Saban sat down and discussed it, and Adam made his decision.”

Griffith, who has already graduated, made 23 of his final 28 field goal attempts as a redshirt junior last season after starting the year 0 of 4, including 17 of his final 20.

He made a 55-yard field goal during the Tide’s win over LSU. He also ranked 26th nationally in kickoff touchback percentage and had a successful onside kick during the fourth quarter of Alabama’s win over Clemson in the national championship game.

There weren’t any kickers drafted last year, but there were two taken in the seventh round in 2014.

There have been eight kickers selected in the first five rounds of the draft since 2004, including four that were taken in either the second, third or fourth round.

“He’s already graduated, and he wants to try the professional ranks,” Lamb said. “I think he and coach Saban looked at all the kickers that are coming out. And really, if you go back and look at all the drafts, there aren’t many kickers that are going to get drafted. And I think they looked at the kickers that are graduating or possibly coming out and made a decision based on that.”

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