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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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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes LSU senior OT La'El Collins "will play guard at the next level and is of the late first round variety."
That said, Pauline mocked Collins No. 10 overall to the Saints in a recent top-10 projection. "A number of area scouts who’ve come through the SEC love Collins and feel he’ll have no problem holding down the left tackle spot in the NFL," Pauline wrote. We agree with that assessment. The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen this season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. Dec 15 - 7:43 PM

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LSU senior OT La'El Collins accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Collins accepted the invite on the same day he was named LSU's most valuable player. The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder has drawn evaluations "all over the board," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. We happen to be at the high end of that spectrum, ranking Collins No. 2 at the tackle position.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 15 - 4:27 PM

LSU senior LT La'el Collins received the Charles McClendon Award as the team's most valuable player for LSU.

The 6-foot-4, 321-pound Collins, led Tiger offensive linemen with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was also named first-team All-SEC. Our own Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as his No.2 tackle and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Dec 15 - 2:37 PM

LSU LT La'El Collins has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Collins' evaluation is reportedly "all over the board," according to draft insider Tony Pauline. We are huge fans of Collins because of his use of length, functional strength and assertiveness. However, there are a handful of very poor plays, and some will focus on those as the foundation of his report.
Nov 25 - 10:47 AM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has LSU senior LT La'el Collins ranked as his No.21 overall player on his Big Board.

"A definite first-round talent now, he's another player you could see drafted and moved inside to guard if a team wants to get him on the field right away," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Collins has played a team-high 576 snaps for the Tigers this year. Collins has recorded a team-high 64.5 knockdown blocks this season, and has started in all 10 games, with 35 starts in 42 games in his career as a Tiger. Kiper has the LSU prospect rated as the fourth best tackle following Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi, Iowa's Brandon Scherff and Stanford's Andrus Peat.
Nov 13 - 4:01 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline wrote that LSU senior LT La'el Collins was "all over draft boards."

"Some teams stamp Collins as a first round tackle while others believe he grades as a second round guard," wrote Pauline. Collins is one of LSU's team leaders on a very young offense, but he does have a tendency to be over-aggressive at times, which defenders will take advantage of on the next level. Pauline has Collins rated as his No. 1 tackle, though, and sees him as worthy of a first-round pick.
Nov 10 - 4:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that LSU senior LT La'el Collins sometimes has a tendency to overextend his upper-half.

When Collins overextends, he "ends up on the ground," says Brugler. Brugler still believes that the 6-foot-4, 324-pound senior "has been playing at a very high level as one of the team leaders" for what is a "very young" LSU offense outside of Collins and a few other elders. Even with Collins' tendencies toward over-aggression, he tends to be effective and has the athleticism to make up for out-of-control mistakes.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 9:48 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay noted that because of LSU senior LT La'El Collins massive size, he projects to either guard or tackle.

Collins clocks in at 6-foot-4, 324 pounds. McShay wrote that Collins, "fires off the ball with very good straight-line burst, and has the lower-body strength and strong hands to drive defenders off the line." McShay also said that "he can get into trouble, occasionally lunging and falling off some blocks." This falls in line with what CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in late October, when he said that Collins "rarely looks pretty, [but] gets the job done."
Nov 5 - 9:08 PM

Senior Bowl director Phil Savage said the event might invite the fewest seniors from the SEC in the all star game's history.

"It's possible schools such as LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas may have only one or two seniors invited to the January all-star game in Mobile, Ala," CBS Sports' Jon Solomon writes. The event is held in SEC country, and new rules might allow for redshirt juniors from the conference to attend.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 5 - 1:08 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins "rarely looks pretty, [but] consistently gets the job done," observed CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler calls Collins "a tough evaluation for scouts." The hardest aspect of that judgement might be deciding on a position for the dominant run blocker who might not be athletic enough for NFL speed rushers. Many see him as a Pro Bowl-caliber guard. "Too often his upper body his far extended past his toes, falling off blocks and struggling to maintain his technique through contact," Brugler wrote. "Collins ends up on the ground more than 50-percent of snaps because he relies on his upper body power once engaged and his lower body struggles to keep up. But while it hardly looks highlight reel worthy, Collins sells out on each snap and gives 100-percent effort, getting the job done more often than not. He isn't elite in any one area, but is good-enough across the board and scouts appreciate the mind-set and heart he brings to the field. There's a strong chance Collins will be drafted in the first round, but how early?"
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 5:52 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins is an "absolute beast in the run game," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"I don't know if Collins can hold down the left tackle position in the NFL because I'm concerned about his ability to move and block speed-rushers, but he's an absolute beast in the run game -- he's arguably one of the best run-blockers in the country," Kiper wrote. "He has a strong lower body, is great on combo blocks, can get to the next level and if he gets his hands on you, you're in trouble." LSU had trouble throwing the ball against Ole Miss on Saturday, but they collected 264 rushing yards against an elite defense, with no small amount of being credit owed to Collins. "Collins has started at guard before, and like Joel Bitonio (Browns) or Zack Martin (Cowboys), he could be a very good college tackle who starts out at guard when he's in the NFL next season," Kiper wrote. "He's a potential first-round pick, regardless of where he plays."
Oct 27 - 11:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says that many have called LSU senior LT La'El Collins a first-round pick, and some have called him the best senior OT, but he disagrees.

"I gave Collins high grades off his 2012 campaign when he lined up at guard but saw little improvement last year after he moved to left tackle," Pauline wrote. "In fact at times his play seemed to regress. He’s athletic, quick and easily moves his 320lb-plus frame around the field. That being the case Collins is also a narrow based blocker who lacks balance and constantly flails around the field. I like his upside but feel Collins needs to refine his technique. I’m also not sold he’s a tackle for the next level and feel he’s better suited at guard." Even as a guard, Pauline rates Collins as a Round 2 prospect. We like the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins' athleticism and physical tools.
Sep 2 - 8:51 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks LSU senior LT La'El Collins as the No. 4 offensive line prospect.

"Collins projects as either a right tackle or guard in the pros, given his massive frame," McShay wrote. "As a run-blocker he fires off the ball with very good straight-line burst, and has the lower-body strength and strong hands to drive defenders off the line. He also shows good awareness and toughness. Collins is average in pass protection, showing a strong anchor, but he can get into trouble, occasionally lunging and falling off some blocks." Collins said last month that he patterns his game off Jason Peters'. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins showcases good athleticism and physical tools, just like Peters.
Aug 27 - 9:49 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins "possesses a square-ish build that makes him appear better suited to guard," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins possesses a square-ish build that makes him appear better suited to guard. His frame belies his quick feet, an attribute that when combined with his long arms, impressive strength and aggression make him a devastating run blocker," Rang wrote. As a true freshman, Collins earned immediate playing time for the Tigers and played in seven games at left guard, eventually taking over the starting position his sophomore year. Last season, Collins made the move to left tackle and earned second-team All-SEC honors. Our own Josh Norris echoes the thoughts of Rang and believes Collins could ultimately end up at guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

LSU senior LT La'El Collins stated that he "patterns" his game off of Philadelphia Eagles' T Jason Peters.

"There are a lot of great offensive tackles in the league. I like to try to pattern my game off of Jason Peters. I love him, He's a physical beast, man, and I like guys like that," Collins said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. Like Peters, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins does showcase good athleticism and physical tools. However, if Collins is looking to be an elite tackle at the next level, he would have to improve on his lateral quickness. Our own Josh Norris would not be surprised if Collins ultimately ends up at guard.
Jul 17 - 1:18 PM