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Jalen Collins, the junior corner from the LSU Tigers, enters the 2015 NFL draft after appearing in all 13 games in 2014 (with seven starts). Overall, Collins appeared in 39 games (starting 10) and enjoyed his best season in 2014 when he totaled 38 tackles, 1 INT, and 9 PBU’s. In 2013, Collins started two games and totaled 22 tackles and 2 PBU’s (0 INTs). For his career, Collins had 90 tackles, 17 PBU and 3 INTs. He was considered a 4-star recruit coming out of high school. Physically, Collins has plus length and height for the position. He’s built well, too, and carries his 203 lbs naturally. Athletically, Collins presents with average movement skills and good straight-line speed. He’s not the quickest corner in the class; He doesn’t click and close like a top-tier prospect, and he struggles to recover from a false step. Collins is an average man-coverage guy; His length is an asset in zone concepts. That said, he doesn’t display much of a physical element to his game, failing to show the ability to jam or re-route the receiver at the line of scrimmage. He lacks the instincts and overall game awareness to make up for his only average physical traits, and another year at LSU would have been helpful. Against the run, Collins is a tad hesitant, failing to show the “want” to be a consistent contributor.
BOTTOM LINE: Jalen Collins is a good looking prospect on the hoof, but he’s a raw corner who lacks the kind of game experience to be NFL-ready early in his career. At his size and with his length, you expect to see a physical corner that gives receivers fits into their route. Instead, Collins plays like a finesse player and simply lacks the athletic traits to project as a starter unless and until he becomes more physical. Collins is a Day-3 project who will need a couple of years of seasoning before he’s ready to challenge for a significant role in the NFL.
GRADE: 6.0 (5th Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez