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The 49ers have "strong interest" in LSU LB Kwon Alexander and RB Terrence Magee, according to Eric Branch.

It is worth pointing out the 49ers' new WR coach, Adam Henry, previously worked in the same position for LSU. Alexander is a run a chase linebacker with wasted movement and Magee is an undersized, determined running back who can make an impact on passing downs. Both are third day picks.
Source: SF Gate
Apr 16 - 12:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU CB Jalen Collins' "physical traits are first-round quality," and could be an option for Pittsburgh at No.22.

"The Steelers need a pass rusher, but with the top names off the board, the focus shifts to another need on defense: cornerback. Collins needs a lot of technique work, but this physical traits are first-round quality," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Collins had dinner with the Steelers' head coach, Mike Tomlin, the night before LSU's pro day. With the Steelers in need of help in their defensive backfield, targeting Collins would make sense.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 3:35 PM

LSU CB Jalen Collins will visit the 49ers next week, according to Mike Garafolo.

Garafolo adds Collins has completed (or will shortly) almost 10 pre-draft visits, including with the Panthers and Vikings. Other reports have included the Eagles, which many believe is a perfect fit. It is difficult to say which corner will be selected first between Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones and Collins. All four could be first round selections.
Apr 11 - 10:28 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports that the Philadelphia Eagles had LSU CB Jalen Collins in for a visit on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Collins has the ideal size, length, and speed that Chip Kelly is looking for from the cornerback position. The LSU prospect posted a 4.48 forty in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. With the Eagles looking for help across the way from Byron Maxwell, Collins could be a long-term option to groom. Collins had surgery on his foot on March 19th, but should be expected to be ready by mini-camps.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 7 - 3:51 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins weighed 320 lbs at the school's pro day on March 27, 15 lbs heavier than he did at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

This bit of news flew a bit under the radar, and we thank Brent Sobleski for passing it along. Some could say Collins dropped weight in the hopes of clearing up questions about his movement and if he fit on the left side. No matter what, some will project Collins to guard or to right tackle. Rotoworld's Josh Norris views him as the top left tackle and offensive lineman in this class.
Source: LSU Sports
Apr 5 - 2:19 PM

LSU EDGE Danielle Hunter has visits scheduled with the Panthers, Cowboys, Eagles, Browns and Titans.

Hunter is a superior athlete, but he needs so much work. In fact, he needs to turn multiple weaknesses into strengths in order to succeed as a pass rusher. Hunter is strong and can already defend the run, but unless he plays with pre-snap intent, Hunter is lost as a pass rusher. His athleticism only shows up in these moments. He is a true "upside" prospect.
Apr 2 - 9:44 AM

LSU OL La'El Collins "should be a respected team leader in the locker room, especially when he takes charge on the field with an aggressive approach that reflects his background on defense," wrote CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.

"Collins has three styles of play: mean, meaner and meanest as he not only blocks defenders, he often eliminates them," Cooney wrote. "He has the potential to play right tackle or either guard position in the NFL, but does not have the pass-blocking ability needed to be a left tackle. On running plays, Collins launches his broad, muscular frame straight forward with alarming quickness, then engages the strength of his lower body and massive hands (10 3/4 inches)." It's little surprise that Collins brings the aggression of a defender to the offensive side of the ball. "I've always had the mentality of a defensive lineman, and I was able to bring that over to the offense, but also bring intelligence over to play offensive line," Collins said.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 1 - 7:55 PM

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


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