by Scott Nixon
With the 2015 NFL Draft just around the corner, we highlight the players that have been most linked to a Cleveland Browns Selection in the first round. The Browns hold picks No. 12 & 19 in the first round.
OT/G La’el Collins – Senior, LSU
Weight- 305 Arm Length- 33 ¼ inches
Height- 6-4’ Hand Size- 10 ¼ inches
40 yard dash- 5.72 20 yard dash- 30.4 10 yard dash- 1.87 225 Bench- 21 reps
3 cone drill- 7.70 Shuttle- 4.63 Vertical Jump- 27 inches Broad Jump- 9.0’
Stats- 45 total games played with 222.5 pancake blocks
13 games at started at guard and 26 at left tackle
Pros: The biggest upside of La’el Colllins is his versatility because can play guard or tackle. He is equipped with very good upper body strength and a thick chest. His long arms and big hands make it good for getting hands on defenders. He is mean and aggressive player who plays through the whistle. He has very quick feet for a 300 pounder. Collins is experienced with many of games against top competition of the SEC. He is also acclimated to pro-style offence from playing at LSU
Cons: His lack of balance can be a problems against speed rushers as they can take advantage. His aggression leads to mistakes and lunging toward defenders. Doesn’t bend his knees well and it can make it hard to stop elite pass rushers. Collins needs to improve technique and is inconsistent at times, but those can easily be fixed during training camp.
Browns: If picked by the Browns, Collins could fill either the right tackle or right guard position.
Player Comparison: Maurkice Pouncey (Center, Steelers or James Carpenter (Guard, Jets)
Draft Place Range: Pick 25 through Pick 50. Late first through second round pick.