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NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report

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NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report

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Photo - OL La'el Collins - LSU

1. La'el Collins #70 - LSU - 6-4, 305 - Sp. 5.10
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Reliable veteran 3 year starter for the Tigers at both left guard and left tackle. Agile versatile blocker displayed fine talent over his SEC career, starting 38 of his 45 games. Possesses the skill set to handle either position very well at the next level. Square blocky build makes him appear shorter though more than adequate. While not the ideal height for left tackle at just less than 6'5, he makes up for it with long arms and nimble feet. Has fine core strength and well-distributed natural power throughout his body. All around effective blocker at either position. Extremely quick off the snap. Other than the center, he consistently beats the rest of the line at the snap. Able to stay low, use good leverage and hip snap. Consistently drives his man off the line in the run game, creating huge lanes for the Tigers’ running backs. Also very quick off the ball when pass blocking. Sets up quickly and uses those long arms to prevent speed rushers from running the arc on him. Very agile and quick in his kick slide. Possesses fine hand strength and will usually lock on and control a defender. Intimidating player with a real mean streak. Very aggressive and will look to dominate and bury his opponent. Collins doesn't back down from anyone, and if he does get beat on a play, will come back with even more determination on the next one. Well coached in all aspects of line play and very technically sound as both a pass and run blocker. Mentally tough. Some scouts feel he's not athletic enough to remain at left tackle in the pros, but that's not a consensus. Change of direction ability is not ideal for left tackle at the next level. Though has enough of an overall plus skill set that he could remain there in the right setting. As a pro, he could line up at either tackle or guard with his first look probably inside. He has ideal size for the inside with fine overall strength especially in the lower unit to be a complete prospect. Shuffles easily to mirror outside rushers with the ability to wall off and keep them from the QB. Sometimes will lunge and get off balance when reacting to counter moves. Shows the balance and lateral agility to recover and win. He graded out fairly well vs the quality Senior Bowl edge rushers. Should be able to step in and start at left guard at least very early in his rookie training camp. At the NFL Combine, he checked in with a reach of 33 1/4”. He ran a 5.02 time with a 27” VJ and a 9’ BJ. He did 21 reps with 4.63 shuttle and 7.70 three cone agility drills. It was a good workout where he displayed the skill set for early starting duty. Probable rookie starter with Pro Bowl talent. Top 15-20 prospect with the versatility to excel at either guard or tackle.
Draft Projection: 1st Round