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The Mora Minute: Former head coach and Sports Illustrated analyst Jim Mora Jr. gives his latest take on everything in college football and the NFL heading into the 2021 draft

We're down to the final day ... 

It's crunch time for the 2021 NFL Draft, with teams making the final touches to their draft boards.

Former NFL coach Jim Mora Jr. has been helping BamaCentral sort through it all the rhetoric and confusion, which have been in abundance this year with limited access, no combine and players opting out.

Until the draft kicks off Thursday in Cleveland, a Mora video segment will appear every day on BamaCentral+, and also as part of our weekly draft updates and Christopher Walsh's All Things CW notes column.

Yes, it's more Mora (sorry, couldn't resist), but the Sports Illustrated analyst has a wealth of information that he's sharing with the FanNation pro and college sites. We've asked him just about everything, including long snappers, and are happy to share it all with you.

For example, when asked about what NFL coaches expect when selecting a Nick Saban-coached player from Alabama, Mora shot down the idea that Crimson Tide prospects are too beat up from their college careers to be successful in the pros.

"They’re physically tough players and they’re mentally tough. It’s not easy to play at Alabama, where you’re always in the spotlight," Mora said. "It’s not easy to play for a man like Nick Saban, who is so demanding in every single way and not just in football, but football, character and off-the-field things. I think Nick has done a tremendous job of taking care of his players and teaching them about life.

“When you get an Alabama player, he’s ready to go. He’s ready to play.”

Previous Mora Minutes

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Why Najee Harris is a high-value pick, even in the first round

Pro Days Go Way Beyond Workouts

Scouting Offensive Linemen

Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles

Mora Jr. Describes how he'd Evaluate Alabama's DeVonta Smith as an NFL Prospect

How are coaches and general managers preparing for the NFL draft?

The Key to Scouting Wide Receivers

Why Kenyan Drake and the Raiders are a Really Good Match

Why the Eagles Can't Afford to Pass on Alabama Receivers DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle in Draft

The Keys to Scouting Defensive Linemen

What Are Prospects Feeling with the 2021 NFL Draft Quickly Approaching?

The Jaylen Waddle Draft Watch: Alabama Receiver Could Still End Up Nearly Anywhere

The Keys to Scouting Defensive Backs

State of the Defensive Line Positions and How It Impacts the NFL Draft

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Is DeVonta Smith's size a red flag?

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Najee Harris has first-round talent, but is he a first-round pick?

What did Nick Saban learn from Don James?

What do NFL teams expect to get from a Nick Saban coached Alabama player?

Are you buying the Kool-Aid with Christian Barmore?

Jim Mora Jr. calls Jaylen Waddle 'Special'

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The is the 19th segment of the Minute Mora series. Make sure to come back and check out what the former coach says tomorrow on BamaCentral+.