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ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes that LSU CB Jalen Collins "could go middle of the first round, at worst somewhere between 20-30."

"He's a kind of guy you think you could develop into a No. 1 corner," Kiper said during Thursday's media teleconference. "I think he could go middle of the first round, at worst somewhere between 20-30, but I really could see him jumping up to the middle of the first round now. He's one of the guys highlighted as having a very good (Combine) workout." The LSU prospect checked off some boxes for some evaluators in Indy, clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash(ranked 9th), a 6.77 seconds in the 3-cone drill(ranked 2nd), and a 10’4" broad jump (ranked 9th), with a 36" vertical (ranked 13th). Collins was originally advised to return to school for another season by the NFL advisory committee; however, things are looking good for a first-round selection in April.
Feb 26 - 2:49 PM

LSU LB Kwon Alexander "is what today's NFL linebacker is with his ability to run," said NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

Alexander ran the fastest 40-yard dash amongst linebackers on Sunday with a 4.55 time. Mayock sees Alexander -- who spent most of his time on the strongside at LSU but has experience at all three spots -- as a weakside linebacker in the NFL. Alexander, who also had a good 36-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10 feet, 1 inch, led LSU last season with 90 tackles.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 11:02 PM

LSU CB Jalen Collins clocked a 4.48 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock called Collins "a long press corner." Collins (6-foot-1 1/2, 203 pounds) has one of the most impressive skill sets amongst this year's corners, but he started only 10 collegiate games, posting three picks and 25 pass breakups at LSU. "We've got a lot of questions to answer on this kid," Mayock said. Collins is ranked No. 32 overall on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes LSU T La'El Collins has the ability to play left tackle.

The respected broadcaster, however, believes Collins is a natural fit at right tackle in the league. Others believe Collins is ticketed for guard duty in the NFL. It's wholly an eye-of-the-beholder issue. After Collins' impressive recent combine workout, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he "looked like a tackle on Friday." Colleague Charles Davis, watching the same workout, was similarly impressed, but said, "I'm thinking he's a guard," and compared Collins to Packers' G Josh Sitton.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 12:10 AM

LSU LB Kwon Alexander ran the fastest 40-yard dash amongst linebackers with a 4.55 time.

Because of his crazy wheels, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said recently that Alexander "fits what the NFL is today." The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has the ability to handle all three linebacker positions in an even front, but he spent most of his time on the strongside in college. He's ticketed for the outside in the NFL. "Heavy production this year," Mayock said "I think he fits what today's NFL is, which is they're getting smaller and faster at the linebacker position. I think he's probably a third- or fourth-round linebacker. I think he can fit any scheme. He can run. He's not quite as much a downhill thumper, but that's the old-school NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 8:50 PM

LSU EDGE Danielle Hunter recorded a 1.58 10 yard split during his 4.57 forty.

Hunter is behind in terms of his pass rushing ability and did not participate in any jumps of lateral agility drills. Right now, Hunter is a natural when defending the run and will be labeled with "upside" due to natural straight-line athletic traits.
Feb 22 - 3:44 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said LSU T La'El Collins "looked like a tackle on Friday."

Colleague Charles Davis was similarly impressed with Collins' showing at the combine, but said, "I'm thinking he's a guard." Davis compares Collins to Packers' G Josh Sitton. "Any power-running team would love to have La'El Collins," Davis said. Collins measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2, 305 pounds, with an 82-inch wingspan. Mayock reminded viewers LSU hasn't had an OL taken in the opening stanza since 1998 and said, "I think this kid's going to break that string."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:40 AM

LSU T La'El Collins' best "unofficial" forty was a 5.13, with a 10 yard split of 1.81 seconds.

Collins measures in with 6'4/305 lbs with 33 1/4" arms and 10 3/8" hands. Many are projecting Collins to guard, but Josh Norris is a believer in Collins on the outside. When Collins was allowed to get to the second level at LSU, he shined with movement skills and power.
Feb 20 - 10:10 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says that LSU LB Kwon Alexander "fits what the NFL is today."

"Kwon Alexander is a linebacker that can run," Mayock said. "Heavy production this year. I think he fits what today's NFL is, which is they're getting smaller and faster at the linebacker position. I think he's probably a third- or fourth-round linebacker. I think he can fit any scheme. He can run. He's not quite as much a downhill thumper, but that's the old-school NFL." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound LB has the ability to handle all three linebacker positions in an even front, though he's spent most of his time on the strongside with the Tigers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:02 PM

LSU CB Jalen Collins made his debut at No. 32 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"He is tall, long and explosive," Jeremiah wrote. "In press coverage, he is spotty with his hand use. He flashes an effective one-hand jam, but he will also carry his hands low and allow a free, inside release. He gets caught with his weight on his heels too often. He is fluid underneath to mirror and he has enough speed to carry vertical routes. He does waste a few steps at the top of routes before working back downhill with his man. In off coverage he plays with a side shuffle that allows him to see through the wideout to the QB. He has an impressive burst to close on balls in front. Overall, Collins has some rough areas to smooth out but he should be a reliable starter very early in his career." Collins is as raw as a hunk of freshly purchased grass fed beef. He started only 10 games at LSU across his entire career, but the physical tools are tantalizing. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Collins reportedly runs a 4.4 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 10:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes LSU CB Jalen Collins is "going to be a first-round pick."

"I think Jalen Collins, the underclassman from LSU, is really intriguing," Mayock said. "He's 6-2. ... He's a press corner, not afraid to play in your face, will tackle. Understands how to play the game, has some physicality about him. I think he's going to be a first-round pick." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Collins has ideal size at the next level, and offers a team and athletic corner with long speed. The LSU prospect should be on someones' board that is in need of a press corner. Although he only he has 10 career starts to his resume, his ceiling is very high with improved technique.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 3:16 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that LSU DE Danielle Hunter is an "elite athlete but wasn't particularly productive this season (just 1.5 sacks)."

"He has a big opportunity to impress NFL teams with his performance in the drills," McShay wrote. "His effort, ability to stuff the run and overall skill set are all there, but he simply has too much length and speed to not get home against the quarterback more often than he did this season. So he needs to show that his raw tools are all there with his flexibility testing, change-of-direction skills in the three-cone drill and shuttle runs, and powerful hands in the bag drills. He needs coaches to come away from Indy feeling confident that they can develop him into an effective NFL pass-rusher." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hunter, a developing pass rusher, ranked third on LSU with 73 tackles and led the Tigers in tackles for loss with 13 this past season.
Feb 17 - 7:22 PM

ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl believes LSU CB Jalen Collins "possesses the measurables and skill set that tailors favorably to today's NFL, and may have his best football ahead of him with proper coaching and development."

"Collins is a tall and long press cornerback who has impressive fluidity for a taller defender," Weidl wrote. "He isn't as quick transitioning out of breaks as some of the other names on the list, but he flashes impressive long speed and an extra gear that gives him a lot of range. He also has the versatility and experience to line up at safety and is physical in run support. Collins doesn't have great ball production for his career (18 pass breakups and three INTs) and will leave some plays on the field. However, he flashes the size, length and leaping ability to hold up at the catch point against bigger receivers." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Collins reportedly runs a 4.4 forty. "Collins was never a full-time starter at LSU, and scouts will need to do some investigating into his overall makeup," Weidl wrote.
Feb 15 - 3:17 PM

The More NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah watches LSU CB Jalen Collins, "the more I like."

Collins is a "quick twitch athlete with toughness and instincts," according to Jeremiah. The LSU corner comes from a lineage that the school has produced, but he might be the tallest and the biggest. Teams who focus on length and size at the position in the hopes of deploying press corners will like Collins.
Feb 15 - 1:24 PM

With the 49ers hiring Adam Henry, LSU filled their WR coaching vacancy with Georgia's Tony Ball.

Ball coached receivers at Virginia Tech for eight years, then joined Georgia's staff as the running backs coach in 2006. He was then shifted to coach pass catchers in 2009, meaning he spent two seasons with AJ Green.
Feb 14 - 6:07 PM


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