2015 Undrafted Free Agents: Teams La'el Collins Should Pick
Teams La'el Collins Should Consider
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Due to an off-the-field incident that involved the murder of a pregnant woman, La'el Collins was not selected in this year’s NFL draft despite being arguably the best offensive lineman. Police say Collins is just being questioned and isn’t a suspect, which has many teams seriously interested in getting him for cheap.
While teams are interested, everyone is going to wait for the case to clear up before taking action. Still, with Collins being a free agent and able to pick his team, here are squads he should most consider.
Miami Dolphins - I think the Miami Dolphins are the team to beat for La'el Collins. The Dolphins are a team that’s built to make a playoff run for the first time in forever and has a serious need along the offensive line. Florida also has no state tax, which would allow Collins to keep a larger percentage of his money considering he’s already missed out on millions not being selected. Collins also has a relationship with former LSU players Jarvis Landry and Anthony Johnson, who have been actively trying to recruit him the last couple of days. Don’t be surprised if Collins ends up playing for the Dolphins, which would make them a real threat in the AFC.
Philadelphia Eagles - Collins would be playing for a sure-fire playoff team if he picked the Philadelphia Eagles. Collins would also be able to showcase his athleticism playing for Chip Kelly. The Eagles offense is probably the most fun in the NFL and would allow Collins to play a bigger role considering how much he’d move around. Former LSU player Bennie Logan has been recruiting Collins as of late. Collins also has mentioned that he models his game after current Eagles offensive lineman Jason Peters. Every offensive player would dream to have a creative coach like Kelly, and Collins would certainly have to consider this option.
New Orleans Saints - Just like college football recruiting, you can never rule out the hometown team. Collins would be able to stay in Louisiana if he picked the Saints. That’s an intriguing perk New Orleans has considering Collins played both his high school and college football in the area. Of course, the Saints are always a playoff contender with Drew Brees under center, and they play in a questionable NFC South that gives them a shot at a division title each season. The Saints also have former LSU teammate Delvin Breaux. Familiarity is a big deal and I wouldn’t rule out the Saints at all.
Buffalo Bills - Bills head coach Rex Ryan has already began his recruiting process by having dinner with Collins earlier this week. The Bills could use help along the offensive line and have quietly built a sleeper playoff team in the improved AFC East. Ryan is a tough-nosed head coach who believes you still win games in the NFL in the trenches. Collins would be valued in Buffalo and could prove his worth in a big way. Well, that’s if this southern boy can handle the brutally cold weather.
Carolina Panthers - Another team that would do backflips if they landed Collins would be the Carolina Panthers. Last season, the Panthers allowed 40 sacks, which proves that they need serious help along the offensive line. Collins could provide some much-needed help and be one of the reasons for a turnaround season from Cam Newton. Also, much like the Saints, the Panthers play in a wide open NFC South, which leaves a possible playoff spot on the table. Carolina also isn’t that far away from his home of Louisiana. The Panthers also have former LSU teammate Trai Turner on their roster.