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Draft Prospect Profile: LSU CB Jalen Collins



Big (203 pounds) with long arms and quickness, Collins doesn't have to stay step-for-step with a receiver in order to make a play, and does a good job of using his physical advantage in coverage and against the run, where he is aggressive and made some plays reminiscent of the ones Bradley Roby made on the edge during his rookie season.

He's also capable of chasing down a running back, as he did to prevent Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon from a touchdown in the season opener last year.

The team that drafts him will need to be patient. Collins has just 10 career starts, and his skills are raw. He needs to use his size better to disrupt receivers off the snap.

But he showed overall persistence in eventually winning his starting job back after losing it as a redshirt freshman. His natural tools are arguably the best of any cornerback in the draft class. If he can be brought along properly, he should contribute as a No. 3 cornerback in 2015 and as a starter the following year.


Collins underwent foot surgery last week, which means no Pro Day work for him. But most of his Combine results were good enough for him to stand pat, particularly his 40 time, three-cone drill and broad jump.

Despite his lack of experience, he's being projected as a first-day pick. Just seeing his name in first-round mock drafts quickened his pulse.

"I was really excited. I never really had a lot of hype or exposure on the big stage," Collins said. "It's pretty exciting."


Weight:203 pounds
Arm:32 1/8 inches (T-2nd among 32 Combine CBs)
Hand:9 3/8 inches (T-7th among 32 Combine CBs)
40-yard dash:4.48 seconds (10th among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Vertical jump:36 inches (T-15th among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Broad jump:10 feet, 4 inches (T-9th among 30 Combine CBs tested)
Three-cone drill:6.77 seconds (2nd among 26 Combine CBs tested
Short shuttle:4.27 seconds (22nd among 27 Combine CBs)

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