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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

LSU RB Terrence Magee "could turn into [a] Day 3 steal," believes Steve Muench of ESPN.

If the Cowboys pass on running backs until late in the draft, the analyst sees Magee as a realistic fit to pair with Darren McFadden. "He's a patient runner with outstanding vision, and his height will make it tough for linebackers to track him running behind the Cowboys' offensive line," Muench wrote. "He doesn't have overwhelming power, but he runs hard between the tackles and he has the low center of gravity to pick up yards after contact. Finally, he doesn't have big hands or a great deal of experience catching the ball, but he caught the ball well given the opportunity at LSU and did likewise during the East-West Shrine game practices." The 5-foot-9, 217-pound Magee is undersized and not a burner, but he's already shown he can be productive in a complimentary role, doing so at LSU the last few years behind Bengals' 2014 second-round pick Jeremy Hill and true freshman Leonard Fournette, respectively.
Mar 20 - 6:28 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 CB Jalen Collins could be a "steal," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Collins ranked No. 24 overall prospect on Kiper's newest Big Board after previously being unranked. "The measurements are definitely in his favor, as he's safely over 6-1 in a class where this new premium on length at CB is going to create a lot of disappointment, because it doesn't really exist," Kiper wrote. "Collins has length, but also outstanding quickness and the ability to change directions with ease. He offers a lot of upside but the worry is the transition could be tough because he just hasn't played a ton of football. You have to be confident in your program to take him early, but you could get a steal." The Tigers' prospect put himself firmly in the Round 1 discussion by clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash in Indy (9th amongst CBs), 6.77 seconds in the 3-cone drill (2nd), a 10’4" broad jump (9th), and a 36" vertical (13th).
Mar 16 - 2:18 AM

LSU edge rusher Danielle Hunter is "not exactly a boom or bust candidate, but he must improve his pass-rush techniques to maximize his ample athletic ability in the NFL," noted Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com.

"Hunter is jumping to NFL with another year of college eligibility he could have used to improve his game, especially as a pass rusher," Cooney added. "Hunter is excellent against the run thanks to toughness, determination and great use of unusual length for leverage. But to be more productive as a pass rusher, Hunter must use his quickness to explode off the line to get blockers to commit before he tries his moves." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, who ranked third on LSU with 73 tackles and led the Tigers in tackles for loss with 13 last season, ran a 1.58 10-yard split on his 4.57 forty at the combine. "I'll be able to go in there and contribute immediately, whether it's on special teams, outside linebacker or defensive end," Hunter said.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 12 - 7:02 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl is "impressed" with LSU senior RB Terrence Magee "in the passing game, and believes he's "underrated in this area."

The 5-foot-9, 217-pound Magee had a solid week at the East-West Shrine game and impressed some evaluators. The LSU prospect wasn't the feature back for the Tigers, but was a reliable change-of-pace weapon in his time in Baton Rouge. Magee could offer a team at the next level, a solid scat back that is a reliable receiver out of the backfield.
Mar 9 - 3:09 PM


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