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LSU DB Ronald Martin "showed flashes of ability" at his pro day workout, noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Martin, weighing in at 200 pounds, nearly 18 pounds less than his listed collegiate weight, clocked a 4.59 in the 40 and a 7.11 in the 3-cone drill. Pauline's sources at LSU told him that the New England Patriots worked out Martin last week. CBS Sports pegs Martin as a seventh-round prospect.
Mar 30 - 12:25 AM

LSU LB Kwon Alexander possesses "above-average speed and a desire to stick his nose into as many plays as possible," observed NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Alexander's lack of instincts were ill-suited in the box, as he was too easily confused by the misdirection of offenses he faced. He's an outside 'backer with a chance to become a starter in a 4-3 defense. He can come in and play on special teams right away," Zierlein wrote. For those reasons, Zierlein likens Alexander to Dekoda Watson. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Alexander (90 tackles in 2014) ran the fastest 40-yard dash amongst linebackers with a 4.55 time. "He's got the play speed you want and he will step in and be a core special-teamer, too. What you don't love is his height and lack of length. When you dig around on him you find out that he has high character and that he's good in the locker room," said an NFC director of college scouting.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 7:08 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins met with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints last week, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Collins "looked good in position drills" at his pro day last week, Pauline noted. Though we remain steadfast in our belief that Collins can be an NFL left tackle, multiple high-profile draft writers disagree with us. For instance, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Collins is a "brawling right tackle or guard prospect in the NFL" and compared him to Maurkice Pouncey.
Mar 29 - 5:55 PM

LSU edge rusher Danielle Hunter "looked tremendous" at last week's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Hunter produced a 6.97 3-cone, a 10-10 broad, a 36.5-inch vertical jump and then "looked terrific in linebacker drills," according to the scribe. The testing numbers, as we noted recently, were sensational. "The feeling from those in LSU was Hunter should've stayed in school another season, but based on his game film, athletic numbers and the workouts he had at the combine and pro day, I wouldn't be surprised if he slides into the late part of round one," Pauline wrote.
Mar 29 - 5:27 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks LSU CB Jalen Collins as the No. 2 CB in the class.

He compares Collins to a younger version of Terence Newman. "Immensely talented cornerback who brings the entire triangle (height, weight, speed) with him," Zierlein wrote. "Still learning technique and how to sink his feet with his eyes, but the instincts and athleticism to make plays on the ball both short and deep are what set him apart. Collins is a work in progress, but his physical and play traits create a very high ceiling if he continues to learn to play the position." An NFC director of personnel echoed the optimism in a discussion with Zierlein: "They all have holes, but Collins is what you are looking for in an NFL cornerback with his length and speed. He isn't there yet, but he has the traits and ability to become a high-end starter and maybe the best cornerback from this draft."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 3:55 PM

After recording a 4.57 forty at the Combine, LSU EDGE Danielle Hunter produced a 36 1/2" vertical, 10'10" broad jump and 6.95 3-cone at the school's pro day.

These are outstanding times for a 6'5/252 lbs edge player, however, they need to be kept in perspective. Hunter is solely a run defender at this time. He will absolutely flash as a pass rusher, but Hunter will need to turn a weakness into a strength in order to succeed on passing downs in the NFL. It is somewhat a common theme with LSU players in recent years. Still, these numbers project to a player who can convert speed to power.
Mar 28 - 1:15 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers HC Mike Tomlin had dinner with LSU edge rusher Danielle Hunter and CB Jalen Collins on Thursday.

With the Steelers in need of both a cornerback and a pass rushing defensive end going into the season, the meeting with the two LSU prospects make sense. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, has ideal size and shows a ton of athleticism. Hunter recorded 73 tackles and led LSU in tackles for loss with 13 in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Collins has the size, length and speed that Tomlin could be a fan of. Collins has actually been training with Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor, perhaps Tomlin is enjoying the intel on the LSU cornerback.
Mar 27 - 2:49 PM

The Times Picayune's Jim Kleinpeter reports that LSU CB Jalen Collins had a meeting with Saints DB coach Wesley McGriff at LSU's pro day.

"LSU's Jalen Collins at Pro Day said surgery will set him back 3 weeks. He has talked to Saints. Spoke to DB coach Wesley McGriff today," Kleinpeter tweeted. The LSU prospect had surgery on his foot on March 19th, but is expected to be ready by mini camps. Collins could could be a possible selection in the back of the first or slide to the second round of the draft.
Mar 27 - 2:23 PM

Before drafting LSU CB Jalen Collins, an NFL team "should determine if he can grasp the necessary demands of their specific defense," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

Collins eschewed the NFL Advisory committee's advice that he should stay in school, and it looks like he made the right decision. The prospect underwent foot surgery on March 19, but he's still expected to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2. "First Collins must be 100 percent after the foot surgery," Cooney wrote. "Then, he must focus to maximize his raw ability, something he did not do consistently in college. Before drafting Collins, a team should determine if he can grasp the necessary demands of their specific defense." When asked what he needs to improve to become NFL ready, Collins replied: "Try to take my game to another level ... [become] a student of the game. Put extra time in the film room, learn everything I can from the other guys and work hard like I've been doing."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 12:20 AM

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

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

LSU LB Kwon Alexander "looks great chasing down opponents with his quickness, which he uses to overcome shortcomings in size, strength as well as average read-and-react instincts," observed NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Alexander made a statement with quickness that takes him sideline-to-sideline, although he needs to control himself and avoid overrunning plays," Cooney wrote. Alexander believes he can play on either the inside or outside, and has experience doing both from his days at LSU. "He will need to improve to be consistently productive in the NFL," Cooney wrote. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Alexander ran the fastest 40-yard dash amongst linebackers with a 4.55 time.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 7:00 PM

Of LSU CB Jalen Collins' recent foot surgery, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that "his medical grade will obviously play a key role in determining his final stock" and mentioned that Collins is almost assured of being invited back to Indianapolis next month for a medical re-check.

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, first to report the news of Collins' surgery, said Collins will be ready to participate by May minicamps. Collins will miss LSU's pro day on March 27 while recovering. Luckily, Collins has done good enough work this winter that scouts might not need to see him again. The Tigers' prospect put himself firmly in the Round 1 discussion by clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine (9th amongst CBs), 6.77 seconds in the 3-cone drill (2nd), a 10’4" broad jump (9th), and a 36" vertical (13th). Collins posted those numbers with the injury. Collins also "enjoyed an impressive positional workout," according to Rang, and "scouts are intrigued by the combination of size, fluidity and physicality he shows on tape."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 4:53 PM

LSU CB Jalen Collins recently had surgery on his foot, according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

Brandt adds Collins "should be ready for mini camp," so it must be minor. The surgery took place last week. Collins went through the Combine with the foot injury, recording a slightly above average workout outside of his forty (4.48), which was exceptional.
Mar 22 - 10:15 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


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