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La'El Collins | Tackle

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/26/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 321

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Former NFL C Kevin Mawae endorsed the skills of LSU OL La'El Collins.
"I think La’el is a great football player," Mawae said. "He has great intuition and athletic ability. I think he would be a solid inside guy who could play both guard spots and he’s athletic enough to play tackle." We think Collins can absolutely stay at left tackle in the NFL, but multiple evaluators have disagreed throughout the process. Mar 23 - 11:39 AM

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LSU T La'El Collins has a visit scheduled with the Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson.

As we said with the Randy Gregory Ravens visit, we highly doubt Collins makes it to pick No. 26. Also, we are not sure where Collins would fit along the offensive line, unless the team views him as a guard and plans to move on from Marshal Yanda. Collins is the top offensive tackle in this class, but do not be surprised if he is selected to play on the interior in the hopes of mimicking the Cowboys' success with Zack Martin.
Mar 23 - 10:46 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes LSU T La'el Collins is a "brawling right tackle or guard prospect in the NFL who has had a level of success in hyper-competitive SEC West."

For these reasons, the analyst compares him to Maurkice Pouncey. "Lacks athleticism to be a consistent left tackle, despite his snaps there in college," Zierlein wrote. "Collins plays with a mean streak that is evident in every game, and could come in and start right away in a power-running game as a guard." Collins is the class' No. 5 offensive lineman, in Zierlein's estimation. "I love the guy on tape. Big-time finisher in the run game and we need that. What I don't like is that his hands are bad as a pass blocker right now and I'm not sure he gets that fixed right away. Other than that, he's pretty clean," an AFC offensive line coach told Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 9:41 PM

AFC offensive line coach effusively praised LSU T La'el Collins in an interview with NFL.com.

"I love the guy on tape," the OL coach said. "Big-time finisher in the run game and we need that. What I don't like is that his hands are bad as a pass blocker right now, and I'm not sure he gets that fixed right away. Other than that, he's pretty clean." Many are projecting Collins to guard, but Mike Mayock, Josh Norris and others think he can hang on the outside. Collins ranks as Mayock's top OT prospect. "Collins is a brawler who plays with a mean streak and could probably start right away as a guard in a power-running game in the NFL," wrote Lance Zierlein. "The major concern teams have with him is in pass protection, particularly his hand usage -- he'll often start too low and must work hard to redirect. His change of direction is also slow for a tackle; he'll rely on lunging rather than moving his feet to counter inside moves."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 6:49 PM

LSU T La'El Collins now ranks as Mike Mayock's top prospect at the position, climbing from No. 3 to No. 1.

Pitt's T.J. Clemmings, the previous No. 1, dropped one spot, followed by Andrus Peat, Ereck Flowers, with D.J. Humphries and Cedric Ogbuehi tied at No. 5. We are surprised to not see Jake Fisher on the list. Brandon Scherff is ranked as Mayock's top interior offensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 12:29 PM

Two NFL scouts speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believe that LSU T La'El Collins will shift to guard in the NFL.

"I think he has to move to guard," one scout said. "Big and strong. His effort wanes at times." Collins was LSU's team MVP in 2014. "Very talented, athletic," another scout said. "Good size, good strength and a lot of production. Really effective at guard." His arms measured just 33 1/4 inches, fortifying the belief amongst some evaluators that he must shift to guard. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis compares Collins to Packers' G Josh Sitton.
Mar 1 - 3:18 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes LSU T La'El Collins has the ability to play left tackle.

The respected broadcaster, however, believes Collins is a natural fit at right tackle in the league. Others believe Collins is ticketed for guard duty in the NFL. It's wholly an eye-of-the-beholder issue. After Collins' impressive recent combine workout, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he "looked like a tackle on Friday." Colleague Charles Davis, watching the same workout, was similarly impressed, but said, "I'm thinking he's a guard," and compared Collins to Packers' G Josh Sitton.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 12:10 AM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said LSU T La'El Collins "looked like a tackle on Friday."

Colleague Charles Davis was similarly impressed with Collins' showing at the combine, but said, "I'm thinking he's a guard." Davis compares Collins to Packers' G Josh Sitton. "Any power-running team would love to have La'El Collins," Davis said. Collins measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2, 305 pounds, with an 82-inch wingspan. Mayock reminded viewers LSU hasn't had an OL taken in the opening stanza since 1998 and said, "I think this kid's going to break that string."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:40 AM

LSU T La'El Collins' best "unofficial" forty was a 5.13, with a 10 yard split of 1.81 seconds.

Collins measures in with 6'4/305 lbs with 33 1/4" arms and 10 3/8" hands. Many are projecting Collins to guard, but Josh Norris is a believer in Collins on the outside. When Collins was allowed to get to the second level at LSU, he shined with movement skills and power.
Feb 20 - 10:10 AM

LSU OT La'El Collins "has fallen down most draft boards and there is a concern he cannot play left tackle at the next level," observes NFL.com.

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said Collins "lacks (the) athleticism to be a consistent left tackle and will have to move to right tackle or bump inside to guard." Colleague Daniel Jeremiah rates Collins as the No. 32 overall prospect and the No. 4 tackle. "A strong combine performance in the 40 and in the drills might start to change some minds," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 12:18 PM

LSU OT La'El Collins noted that "Left tackle is definitely" where he wants to play in the NFL."

"Left tackle is definitely where I want to play in the NFL. But I feel like I can play at any position on the offensive line. I'm still going to work my hardest to be the best at that position, work my hardest to compete and just keep that mindset and be able to go out there and really play ball," Collins wrote. The LSU prospect began his career playing guard for the Tigers, as a true freshman. In his junior year, Collins switched to left tackle and earned second-team All-SEC in his first year at the position. This season, the dominant run blocker followed up with a stellar year, earning first-team All-SEC honors. Look for Collins to hear his name called in the first round of this year's draft.
Source: USA Today
Feb 9 - 3:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline ranks LSU OT La'El Collins as his No.1 rated guard in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. Our own Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as the No. 2 OT and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Feb 4 - 3:02 PM

LSU OT La'El Collins went No. 5 to the Redskins in SB Nation writer Dan Kadar's recent mock draft.

"The best comparison for Collins coming out of LSU is actually Trent Williams," Kadar wrote. "He could slot into the right tackle spot for Washington and give them a pair of physical, bookend tackles up front. One of the draft's better outside linebackers would fit here as well." Many see Collins as a late-Round 1 prospect, though we are closer to Kadar's viewpoint than the consensus. Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as the No. 2 OT and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Source: SB Nation
Feb 2 - 11:43 PM

LSU OT La'El Collins made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 25.

"Collins was the best offensive lineman at last week's Senior Bowl practices, and he could work his way into the first-round mix," McShay wrote. "He has a massive frame to go with good burst and strength, and while he's solid in all aspects of his game, he's especially effective as a run-blocker." McShay's ESPN colleague Mel Kiper recently called Collins a "definite first-round talent." Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as the No. 2 OT and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Jan 29 - 6:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper called LSU senior OT La'El Collins a "definite first-round talent."

That said, Kiper dropped him from No. 16 to 21 on his most recent Big Board. "A big, powerful tackle with good length and the ability to really drive people backward in the run game, Collins could have entered the draft after last season," Kiper wrote. "He came back, and I think he has shown improvement. A definite first-round talent now, he's another player you could see moved inside to guard if a team wants to get him on the field right away. He started there all of his sophomore season." The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. Kiper's colleague Todd McShay grades Collins as a second-round pick, but had him going to the Colts with the No. 27 pick in a recent mock draft.
Jan 29 - 12:31 AM