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LSU redshirt junior Jerald Hawkins will move over to the starting LT spot.

Alexander is moving from left guard and Hawkins is moving from right tackle to fill the shoes of La'El Collins. "I love it, it feels like a natural position for me," Hawkins said. Line and position changes happen every year at the college level, but it must be remembered how difficult a side switch is. Hand placements, footwork, weight distribution - it is all inversed.
May 21 - 1:19 PM

LSU junior CB TreDavious White went No. 31 to the Patriots in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.

"White is a very talented player who started for LSU his true freshman and sophomore seasons and also serves as one of the team's returners," he wrote. White frequently started over Jalen Collins, a second-rounder of the Falcons. White is often asked to cover elite receivers one-on-one like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne before him.
May 15 - 8:22 PM

LSU senior OG Vadal Alexander "has shed at least 30 pounds since arriving on campus, giving him a shot to stay at tackle when he arrives in the NFL," writes NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

Alexander (6-foot-6, 320 pounds) will move back to right tackle (where he earned Freshman All-American honors) this season after spending the past two starting next to La'el Collins at left guard. "It is possible Alexander has done enough to land a first-round slot as a guard with his length, strength, and footwork," wrote Reuter. "Success at his new/old position is crucial, however, for Alexander to earn the respect of general managers across the league as a pass protector on the outside."
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 11:25 PM

Cowboys signed LSU G/T La'El Collins to a three-year, $1.65 million contract.

The Cowboys' rich offensive line gets even richer. Speaking to Collins' unusual status as an undrafted free agent, his deal is fully guaranteed. It can be renegotiated after two seasons. Collins (6'5/305) earned the 2014 Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top offensive lineman, finishing his career with 38 starts. He played left guard as a sophomore before protecting the blind side as a junior and senior. Collins was flagged for just one penalty in 2014. Although he was an excellent edge protector in college football's toughest conference, athletic limitations and 33 1/4-inch arms figure to push Collins inside to guard. In terms of pure playing ability, however, there may not have been five better prospects in the 2015 draft. Collins is a brawler with pro-ready drive-blocking ability and will make an immediate impact in the run game. His signing is bad news for LG Ronald Leary.
May 9 - 8:33 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that LSU OL La'El Collins has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Per Schefter's source, the three-year deal is guaranteed and worth $1.65 million. The Cowboys have talent up front and may not have to rush to get Collins on the field right away. The LSU prospect could help at the right tackle or left guard positions if need be.
May 7 - 2:07 PM

A paternity test confirmed LSU OL La'El Collins is not the father of murder victim Brittney Mills' child.

Collins was also administered a polygraph test by an independent investigator to answer questions pertaining to the Baton Rouge Police Department's investigation into Mills and her unborn child's murders. Collins passed the test. The BRPL police have never viewed Collins as a suspect or a "person of interest" and have been given no reason to change that stance.
May 6 - 9:42 PM

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin reports that Dolphins players, Jarvis Landry, Anthony Johnson, Kelvin Sheppard and Mike Pouncey are traveling to Louisiana "to woo" LSU OL La'El Collins.

Some teams are game planning for a way to get the LSU prospect to sign with them, and in this case, former LSU alum are making a hard sell for the Dolphins. WR Jarvis Landry, DT Anthony Johnson, and LB Kelvin Sheppard were all former LSU teammates of Collins. Collins phone has begun to ring, as the Police have stated that Collins has fully cooperated with investigators and is still not considered a suspect.
May 5 - 2:38 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins had dinner with Bills HC Rex Ryan on Monday and is next scheduled to meet with Dolphins brass.

There are 30 others head coaches ready to get in front of Collins after Joe Philbin makes his pitch. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Collins has received interest from "almost every" team since the conclusion of the draft. We're only surprised by the word "almost." Collins can receive no more than the max UDFA signing bonus of just under $100,000, meaning that, assuming he is cleared in the death of his ex-girlfriend, his next destination is going to come down to a straight college recruitment. There might not be an NFL team that wouldn't start Collins from Day 1. He was Rotoworld's No. 1 OL prospect and would have gone in mid-Round 1 had the murder case not unfolded in the day's leading up to the draft.
May 5 - 12:58 AM

Seahawks signed LSU S Ronald Martin.

Martin (6'1/200) became a full-time starter as a senior in the Tigers' secondary, finishing third on the team in tackles, intercepting two passes, and forcing a pair of fumbles. He only started 21 games in his four-year college career. Martin ran 4.63/4.65 at the LSU Pro Day with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. A box safety and/or dime linebacker, Martin is a big hitter with coverage limitations. He'll likely have to earn his NFL keep on special teams.
May 4 - 5:56 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins met with Baton Rouge police homicide detectives for more than an hour Monday, according to The Times Picayne's Jim Kleinpeter.

The LSU prospect is still waiting for his name to be cleared, but did answer all Baton Rouge Police Department's questions regarding the investigation. Before the investigation, Collins was a top 20 prospect in this year's draft. Collins will be able to sign a UDFA contract with the team of his choice, once he's cleared.
May 4 - 2:10 PM

Titans signed LSU FB Connor Neighbors.

Neighbors (5'10/235) was a lightly used fullback in the Tigers' offense, managing 11 catches and three rushing attempts as a 17-game starter. A pedestrian athlete, Neighbors ran 4.85 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-10 broad jump at LSU's Pro Day. Neighbors is small for an old-fashioned lead blocker and will have to excel on special teams to last in the league.
May 3 - 9:32 PM

Ravens signed LSU RB Terrence Magee.

Magee (5'9/213) was a rotational back throughout his LSU career, gaining 1,330 yards with 12 TDs on 226 carries (5.88 YPC) and catching 24 passes. He ran 4.65/4.66 at the Tigers' Pro Day after posting a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump in Indianapolis. Magee is a gets-what's-blocked-runner only, but one of the best pass-protecting backs in this class and can catch the football despite limited usage there in college. A competitive overachiever, there is some Knowshon Moreno to Magee's game.
May 3 - 9:11 PM

LSU OL La'El Collins "plans to sign with a team after he is cleared," reports Profootballtalk.

The NFL more or less forced Collins' hands on this one by rejecting his appeal to be placed in the supplemental draft and then announcing that he can't re-enter the 2016 draft. Collins will meet with Baton Rouge police Monday. If his name is cleared, some team later this week is going to add a first-round talent via a UDFA contract.
May 3 - 4:31 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora argues that LSU OL La'EL Collin is better off having gone undrafted as opposed to getting taken on Day 3.

Collins, who will meet with Baton Rouge police Monday to discuss the murder of his ex-girlfriend (he's not a suspect), tumbled out of the draft as teams shied away from a prospect who didn't get an opportunity to exonerate himself in advance. "Collins is actually in excellent shape to dictate the start of his career and bear considerable fiscal rewards as well," La Canfora wrote. Collins lost out on millions in not going in the first round, as expected, but he can now choose his own team if he's indeed cleared in the case (in that scenario, all 32 teams would be interested). He will also be granted free agency after three years, one year sooner than had he been drafted. Collins won't get a bonus and will be locked into salaries of $435,000 in 2016, $525,000 in 2017 and $615,000 in 2017, but La Canfora breaks down how he can recoup that money in the long-term in the column below.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 1:42 PM

Texans selected LSU RB Kenny Hilliard with the No. 235 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hilliard (6'0/226) was a committee back throughout college, sharing time with the likes of Jeremy Hill, Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Terrence Magee, Alfred Blue, and Leonard Fournette. Hilliard finished his career with 1,557 yards and 27 TDs on 302 carries (5.16 YPC), adding 11 receptions. A sub-par athlete with 4.83 speed, Hilliard is a high-effort, two-down grinder who doesn't figure to last long on an NFL roster.
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