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ESPN's Mel Kiper called LSU senior OT La'El Collins a "definite first-round talent."

That said, Kiper dropped him from No. 16 to 21 on his most recent Big Board. "A big, powerful tackle with good length and the ability to really drive people backward in the run game, Collins could have entered the draft after last season," Kiper wrote. "He came back, and I think he has shown improvement. A definite first-round talent now, he's another player you could see moved inside to guard if a team wants to get him on the field right away. He started there all of his sophomore season." The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. Kiper's colleague Todd McShay grades Collins as a second-round pick, but had him going to the Colts with the No. 27 pick in a recent mock draft.
Jan 29 - 12:31 AM

LSU senior OT La'El Collins "reinforced the first round grades being thrown at him" at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Just like his game tape, it didn't always look pretty for Collins in Mobile, but more often than not, he gets the job done," Brugler wrote. "Seeing reps at tackle and guard, he showed the same grit and determination during drills that he does during games, extending and selling out on each snap. Collins will fall off balance and overextend himself at times, but he also showed that he can recover and finish his blocks." Collins "has the same type of body as Maurkice Pouncey and plays tough like Pouncey, too," an AFC offensive line coach told NFL.com recently. Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as his No. 2 OT and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 10:28 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes LSU redshirt junior CB Jalen Collins is "fluid" for a bigger cornerback and has "a lot of range."

"Big fan of Jalen Collins. Fluid for bigger CB with a lot of range. Shows an extra gear to recover. Will set the edge vs the run," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Collins possesses great height, and is both a rangy and skilled cornerback. TFY Draft insider Tony Pauline mentioned in December that LSU coaches were telling scouts Collins was one of the few defensive backs who was able to lockdown Odell Beckham Jr in practice last season." In another tweet, Weidl noted that Collins "has the size and skill set as a press CB to counter the recent influx of big/physical receivers outside the hashes."
Jan 28 - 4:32 PM

NFL scouts "love" LSU senior OT La'El Collins' "tenacity and physicality, though he'll occasionally get off-balance, leaving him vulnerable to swim moves," noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins took the majority of his snaps at left tackle," Rang wrote. "He did slide inside to left guard late in the practice, demonstrating good initial quickness and terrific power to drive defenders off the ball." Collins "has the same type of body as Maurkice Pouncey and plays tough like Pouncey, too," an AFC offensive line coach told NFL.com recently. Collins led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 1:21 AM

LSU senior OT La'El Collins "has the same type of body as Maurkice Pouncey and plays tough like Pouncey, too," said an AFC offensive line coach.

I like him so far the best [at the Senior Bowl]," the coach said. Collins ranks as our No. 2 overall OT in the class. "Collins played left tackle at LSU but projects to right tackle or inside to guard in the NFL," wrote NFL Media's Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread and Bryan Fischer. "He was listed at 321 pounds at LSU but weighed in Tuesday morning at an athletic 308 pounds. Collins is known for his physicality and aggressiveness, and it was on display at the South practice throughout the day. While he had some hits and misses during his one-on-one sessions, the consensus was generally very positive about his performance with the idea that he very well could end up inside at guard." For the record, we think he could stick at LT.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 6:35 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is curious to see where LSU senior OT La'El Collins lines up at the Senior Bowl.

"LSU's starting left tackle the last two seasons, Collins will be an offensive tackle on some draft boards, but a guard on others so it will be interesting to see what position(s) he practices at during Senior Bowl drills," Brugler wrote. "Although his tape isn't always pretty, he consistently gets the job done with finishing toughness that is second to none." The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. ESPN's Todd McShay grades Collins as a second-round pick, but had him going to the Colts with the No. 27 pick in a recent mock draft. Josh Norris ranks the LSU prospect as his No. 2 OT and believes Collins "might be the most powerful blocker in this entire draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 8:07 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said during the Shrine Game broadcast that he thought LSU senior DE Jermauria Rasco had "a very nice week."

Davis added that East coaches praised Rasco's attention to detail. The analyst also passed along an interesting anecdote: Rasco asked coaches if he could practice some at linebacker since he could be ticketed there in the NFL. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Rasco improved his draft stock due to a big 2014. "Fact is I was never very high on Rasco entering the season and neither were NFL scouts, who expected him to be a mini-camp casualty," he wrote. "But give credit where its’ due as the senior has played consistently productive football this season."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:05 PM

LSU senior RB Terrence Magee "made several very nice runs early, showing good lateral agility, balance and burst in decisive cuts to elude would-be tacklers," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Magee ran for 27 yards on 11 carries at the East-West Shrine game. "He has a short, squatty frame that makes him difficult to square up and tackle," Rang wrote. "Magee also showed good hands to extend and pull in a pass that was thrown a bit ahead of him." The 5-foot-9, 217-pound Magee wasn't one of our top 25 prospects at the event.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 6:33 PM

LSU has hired Ed Orgeron as their new DL coach.

Orgeron joins Kevin Steele's staff, who just moved from Alabama's linebackers coach to become LSU's defensive coordinator. The former interim head coach at USC is known for his fiery temperament that some players fall in love with. We thought LSU's defense took a huge step back last season.
Jan 14 - 1:33 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller disagrees with scouts who think LSU senior OT La'El Collins is too slow for left tackle in the NFL.

"Collins is a man in the run game and is able to eat up defenders with his first contact," Miller wrote. "I know some scouts I've talked to think he's too slow-footed to play left tackle, but I disagree and see him as a Day 1 starter there." The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder led Tiger offensive linemen during the regular season with 792 snaps and 84.5 knockdowns and was named first-team All-SEC. ESPN's Todd McShay grades Collins as a second-round pick, but had him going to the Indianapolis Colts with the No.27 pick in a recent mock draft.
Jan 12 - 12:21 AM

LSU senior RB Kenny Hilliard is a "downhill power back with the physical nature to run over defenders," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Well built at 230 pounds, Hilliard is a downhill power back with the physical nature to run over defenders and pick up steam as he goes. He began the 2014 season as the Tigers' starter before a shoulder injury sidelined him." Brugler wrote. The Tigers prospect rushed for 447 yards and six touchdowns on 90 carries this season, averaging 5.0 yards a carry. The 6-foot, 232-pound Hilliard will play in the East-West Shrine game on January 17.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 2:22 PM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has LSU senior OT La'El Collins rated as second round pick, but has him going to the Indianapolis Colts with No.27 pick.

"The Colts need to do a better job of protecting QB Andrew Luck, as he's taken a lot of hits this season, and finding a way to establish more of a running game should be a priority as well. Collins would help in both areas. He is massive at 6-4, 324 pounds, and projects as either a right tackle or guard in the NFL, as he is just average in pass protection but shows very good burst, strength and toughness as a run-blocker," McShay wrote. 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."
Jan 7 - 2:28 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore RT Jerald Hawkins is informing the school he will stay with the Tigers in 2015.

Hawkins started opposite La'El Collins and flashed NFL ability. In fact, Hawkins helped keep Collins at school for the 2014 season rather than declaring early for the draft.
Jan 7 - 11:05 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes LSU junior DE Danielle Hunter "is currently better against the run and in using his long arms to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage than he is a pass rusher."

"Hunter possesses a similar build as the man he replaced -- Barkevious Mingo -- who wound up being selected No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft by Cleveland despite the fact that the 6-foot-4, 241 pounder recorded 'just' 4.5 sacks in his final year in Baton Rouge," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter ranked third on the team with 73 tackles and led the Tigers in tackles for loss with 13. He added a disappointing 1.5 sacks. "Hunter will be helped by his versatility. He possesses the length and awareness to potentially handle making the switch to rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme," Rang wrote. "Hunter showed off his talents by nearly tipping his Tigers over Alabama."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 6:34 PM

LSU junior EDGE Daniel Hunter will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Chris Price.

The news has been confirmed by multiple outlets. Hunter reportedly struggled with the decision but will ultimately be playing in the NFL next season. He absolutely as a frame scouts will fall in love with (6'6/240), however, right now he is much more a run defender than pass rusher. Some might believe his length means pass rushing upside.
Jan 5 - 11:10 AM


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