Saban uses college ties for successful draft

In his first draft with the Dolphins, Nick Saban used his recent college experience to haul in a respectable class.

Updated: May 4, 2005, 1:22 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Just a few weeks ago, as evaluations for the 2005 draft reached the stretch-run stage, word began to leak from the Miami Dolphins' inner sanctum that the Nick Saban coaching staff had adopted a significantly more active role in the preparations for the lottery.

Now let's not misconstrue here. It's not as if a bunch of Dolphins scouts, perhaps feeling that their roles had been usurped, were carping about the shift in emphasis. Not like the guys paid by owner Wayne Huizenga to evaluate college ...

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