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La'El Collins | Tackle

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/26/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 321

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Cowboys signed LSU G/T La'El Collins to a three-year, $1.65 million contract.
The Cowboys' rich offensive line gets even richer. Speaking to Collins' unusual status as an undrafted free agent, his deal is fully guaranteed. It can be renegotiated after two seasons. Collins (6'5/305) earned the 2014 Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top offensive lineman, finishing his career with 38 starts. He played left guard as a sophomore before protecting the blind side as a junior and senior. Collins was flagged for just one penalty in 2014. Although he was an excellent edge protector in college football's toughest conference, athletic limitations and 33 1/4-inch arms figure to push Collins inside to guard. In terms of pure playing ability, however, there may not have been five better prospects in the 2015 draft. Collins is a brawler with pro-ready drive-blocking ability and will make an immediate impact in the run game. His signing is bad news for LG Ronald Leary. Sat, May 9, 2015 08:33:00 PM

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ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that LSU OL La'El Collins has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Per Schefter's source, the three-year deal is guaranteed and worth $1.65 million. The Cowboys have talent up front and may not have to rush to get Collins on the field right away. The LSU prospect could help at the right tackle or left guard positions if need be.
Thu, May 7, 2015 02:07:00 PM

A paternity test confirmed LSU OL La'El Collins is not the father of murder victim Brittney Mills' child.

Collins was also administered a polygraph test by an independent investigator to answer questions pertaining to the Baton Rouge Police Department's investigation into Mills and her unborn child's murders. Collins passed the test. The BRPL police have never viewed Collins as a suspect or a "person of interest" and have been given no reason to change that stance.
Wed, May 6, 2015 09:42:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin reports that Dolphins players, Jarvis Landry, Anthony Johnson, Kelvin Sheppard and Mike Pouncey are traveling to Louisiana "to woo" LSU OL La'El Collins.

Some teams are game planning for a way to get the LSU prospect to sign with them, and in this case, former LSU alum are making a hard sell for the Dolphins. WR Jarvis Landry, DT Anthony Johnson, and LB Kelvin Sheppard were all former LSU teammates of Collins. Collins phone has begun to ring, as the Police have stated that Collins has fully cooperated with investigators and is still not considered a suspect.
Tue, May 5, 2015 02:38:00 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins had dinner with Bills HC Rex Ryan on Monday and is next scheduled to meet with Dolphins brass.

There are 30 others head coaches ready to get in front of Collins after Joe Philbin makes his pitch. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Collins has received interest from "almost every" team since the conclusion of the draft. We're only surprised by the word "almost." Collins can receive no more than the max UDFA signing bonus of just under $100,000, meaning that, assuming he is cleared in the death of his ex-girlfriend, his next destination is going to come down to a straight college recruitment. There might not be an NFL team that wouldn't start Collins from Day 1. He was Rotoworld's No. 1 OL prospect and would have gone in mid-Round 1 had the murder case not unfolded in the day's leading up to the draft.
Tue, May 5, 2015 12:58:00 AM

LSU OL La'El Collins met with Baton Rouge police homicide detectives for more than an hour Monday, according to The Times Picayne's Jim Kleinpeter.

The LSU prospect is still waiting for his name to be cleared, but did answer all Baton Rouge Police Department's questions regarding the investigation. Before the investigation, Collins was a top 20 prospect in this year's draft. Collins will be able to sign a UDFA contract with the team of his choice, once he's cleared.
Mon, May 4, 2015 02:10:00 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins "plans to sign with a team after he is cleared," reports Profootballtalk.

The NFL more or less forced Collins' hands on this one by rejecting his appeal to be placed in the supplemental draft and then announcing that he can't re-enter the 2016 draft. Collins will meet with Baton Rouge police Monday. If his name is cleared, some team later this week is going to add a first-round talent via a UDFA contract.
Sun, May 3, 2015 04:31:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora argues that LSU OL La'EL Collin is better off having gone undrafted as opposed to getting taken on Day 3.

Collins, who will meet with Baton Rouge police Monday to discuss the murder of his ex-girlfriend (he's not a suspect), tumbled out of the draft as teams shied away from a prospect who didn't get an opportunity to exonerate himself in advance. "Collins is actually in excellent shape to dictate the start of his career and bear considerable fiscal rewards as well," La Canfora wrote. Collins lost out on millions in not going in the first round, as expected, but he can now choose his own team if he's indeed cleared in the case (in that scenario, all 32 teams would be interested). He will also be granted free agency after three years, one year sooner than had he been drafted. Collins won't get a bonus and will be locked into salaries of $435,000 in 2016, $525,000 in 2017 and $615,000 in 2017, but La Canfora breaks down how he can recoup that money in the long-term in the column below.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, May 3, 2015 01:42:00 PM

LSU OL La'EL Collin is the No. 3 available player heading into Day 2 on Josh Norris' board, but the analyst adds that "undrafted is a real possibility."

Collins will meet with Baton Rouge police on Monday, two days after the draft concludes, regarding the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Collins is not a suspect. If that remains so through the fact-checking process, this development in his life is shattering: While grieving the violent loss of a woman he once loved, Collins' professional career is beginning in turmoil and he will have lost several million dollars guaranteed as a result of the timing. There is too much money at stake -- now we're talking billions -- for NFL teams to invest a premium pick in a player with such serious and unresolved legal questions still unanswered. Though it would have broken the league's sanctified protocols, the NFL would have done right by all parties involved if they'd allowed Collins to enter the supplemental draft. Inaction while one man is unable to clear his name has resulted in the tying of hands of all 32 franchises as well as a gifted prospect, who can't do much except say he wasn't involved.
Source: Rotoworld
Fri, May 1, 2015 04:43:00 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that LSU OL La'EL Collins is "set to meet with Baton Rouge PD Monday."

NFL teams hope to have reports from security directors by tonight, but there is a strong possibility that teams wont know anything until after the draft. Collins is not a suspect relating to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, but there is a chance that Collins could end up not being drafted, as teams are steering clear until they have definite answers.
Fri, May 1, 2015 02:32:00 PM

LSU OL La'EL Collins will not speak with the Baton Rouge Police Department until after the NFL Draft.

This throws a major wrench in La'El's draft projection. Teams and media just do not have enough information, and in the environment we live in now that could make Collins drop like a stone. In fact, Albert Breer notes he has spoken with a number of teams who will not select Collins tonight because of this recent news. It is worth pointing out Collins is not a suspect relating to a murder of his ex-girlfriend.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:20:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins and Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers are two strong possibilities for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 18 pick.

The analyst believes both are also strongly in play for the Lions with the No. 23 overall pick, assuming one or both makes it there. Collins is going to go lower than we think he ought to. He tied for first in College Football Focus' pass-blocking efficiency metric and he doesn't have to share the top spot with anyone in Rotoworld's offensive linemen rankings.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 02:24:00 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins is "a lot like Scherff," "not unlike [Bryan] Bulaga" and "kind of like a Sam Baker kind of tackle with the Falcons but he could be a really good guard," an anonymous NFL scout said.

"He could be a Pro Bowl guard, but I also think he can play tackle," another scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's a really good run blocker. He's athletic. He's nasty." Collins tied with D.J. Humphries for the lowest mark (12) on the Wonderlic amongst top offensive linemen. "I think he's smart enough to play tackle," a different scout said. "He's a motivated guy and I think he'll learn it." We continue to believe Collins can be a strong NFL LT. "He's got good girth, he's strong, he can bend his knees and he's got play instincts," another scout said. "He doesn't have ideal length to be a full-time left tackle. He only took a few reps at right tackle during Senior Bowl week and you could tell he's never played the right side. It was awkward. But when you see him in a workout and roll it all together, he's going to be a longtime starter at left guard or left tackle."
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 07:34:00 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins tied for first in College Football Focus' pass-blocking efficiency metric.

He shared the honor with Northern Illinois' Ryan Brown. You know that we love Collins and rank him as the No. 1 offensive lineman in the class, believing he can stick at left tackle. Here's the numbers to back up the assertion: Collins allowed no sacks, zero hits and only four hurries on 312 pass-blocking plays. Remember that on draft day when it is suggested Collins could struggle with pass pro in the NFL.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 07:45:00 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins had an official visit with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, according to's Justin Rogers.

The LSU prospect offers some positional versatility at the next level, as he's played guard and tackle for the Tigers during his career. Collins was quite durable for LSU, starting in 38 of 39 games over the last three seasons. With Collins flexibility to play across the line, he should remain high on team's boards. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Collins should be a plug-and-play prospect from day 1.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 04:06:00 PM