La'el Collins, OT/G, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305. 40 Time: 5.12. Projected Round (2015): 1-2.
4/27/15: Collins was decent for LSU in 2014 as both a reliable pass-protector and run-blocker. He has some vocal supporters who claim he's a top-10 pick, but some of his critics think he should play guard or right tackle in the NFL.
In speaking with multiple NFL teams, one says Collins has a second-round grade and views him as a guard. Another feels Collins can be a very good guard who plays right away and possibly develops into a tackle, while a third team feels Collins is a right tackle who could go late in the first round, but more likely in the second round. They all feel he needs to improve his technique. That being said, most projections have Collins in the top 20.
Collins helped his chances of going in the first round by playing well at the Senior Bowl and showing athletic ability at the Combine. When properly motivated, Collins has the ability to be a special blocker.
LSU destroyed Kentucky while Collins did his part to keep Wildcats defensive end Bud Dupree from recording a sack. Versus Florida and its dangerous edge rushers, including Dante Fowler Jr., Collins had a quality outing. He wasn't beaten for any sacks and opened some running lanes, though he did get away with a few plays on which he should have been called for holding. Collins also merited a face-mask penalty after ripping off Fowler's helmet.
8/27/14: Collins played left tackle for the Tigers in 2013 and was extremely impressive. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was protected extremely well by Collins, and the big lineman did well in run defense. Collins played well against Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M and Iowa. In the ground game, he got a lot of movement and showed the ability to be a plus run blocker as a left tackle. Running back Jeremy Hill had a lot of success running behind him. The SEC coaches made Collins a Second-Team All-SEC selection in his first season at left tackle. He has upside to develop.
In 2012, Collins started 13 games at left guard and was an honorable mention All-SEC Selection. Collins was an impressive power run-blocker and helped the Tigers' stable of backs move the ball. The senior has some road-grading potential and really improved his pass protection as a junior.
Personal: Son of Loyetta Collins and David Philips.
Jalen Collins*, CB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 203. 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2015): 1-2.
4/25/15: WalterFootball.com knows of some significant off-the-field questions that could push Collins down on draft day, but most teams believe that he will be selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Collins is such a rare athlete with size, speed and length that a cornerback-needy team will probably select him on Day 1.
Collins had a solid performance at the Combine, but he wasn't as great as Trae Waynes. Collins recorded 38 tackles, nine passes broken up and an interception in 2014. The junior did well in his plays against Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates. Collins also played well versus Ole Miss with three passes broken up and had an interception against Texas A&M.
Not only does Collins have significant size, but he is a physical defender. His ability to play off-man coverage and flip his hips is questioned by some NFL teams though. Collins is said to have great speed, but hasn't always played up to it. His speed flashed at times like when he tracked down Melvin Gordon from behind on a long run in the 2014 season opener. Collins is good at running with receivers, but he needs to improve his ability to play the ball.
8/27/14: Collins was a 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection by the conference's coaches. He totaled 30 tackles and two interceptions. As a sophomore, Collins started two games. He had 22 tackles with two passes broken up in 2013. Collins possesses the skill set to become a good starter. LSU has been a factory for elite defensive backs, so Collins will have to earn his playing time.
Personal: Majoring in general studies. Son of Valencia Collins and Jon Wallace.
Kwon Alexander*, OLB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 227. 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 3-5.
4/25/15: Alexander had decent production in 2014 with 90 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, one pass broken up, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. At the Combine, the 6-foot-1, 227-pounder blazed a fast 40 at 4.55 seconds. Clearly, he needs to add weight for the NFL. Alexander started nine games as a sophomore in 2013 and recorded 65 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, and four passes broken up. The junior probably should've returned for his senior year. A few sources say that he's graded out in the third round, but others have him on Day 3.
Terrence MaGee, RB, LSU
Height: 5-8. Weight: 213. 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2015): 5-7.
4/27/15: MaGee is another LSU runner who has some physical talent but got lost in the shuffle. The senior averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2014 for 571 yards with three touchdowns. He also caught 17 receptions for 171 yards. MaGee isn't as physical as the other LSU runners, but he is quicker and more sudden.
Jermauria Rasco, DE, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 247. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2015): 6-7.
4/25/15: In 2014, Rasco racked up 71 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He didn't impress at the East-West Shrine. Rasco was not a Combine participant.
8/23/14: In 2013, Rasco recorded 56 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, five passes batted and one forced fumble. He is a good run-defender who could rise if he can improve his pass-rushing production. The junior played well last year and picked up sacks against Alabama and Texas A&M.
Rasco was a backup in 2012 and totaled 10 tackles with two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. As a freshman in 2011, he had two sacks. Rasco has undergone offseason shoulder surgery on the same shoulder each of the past two springs.
Personal: Son of Gwendolyn Rasco.
Connor Neighbors, FB, LSU
Height: 5-10. Weight: 242. Projected 40 Time: 4.89. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/27/15: Neighbors was a good blocker for LSU. He didn't contribute as a runner, but helped open up holes for his backs. Neighbors made four receptions for 27 yards in 2014. He recorded seven receptions for 92 yards the year before. Neighbors participated at the Senior Bowl, but that didn't help or hurt his stock significantly. He didn't participate in the Combine.
Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 226. 40 Time: 4.83. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/27/15: Hilliard ran well for LSU in 2014. He averaged five yards per carry for 447 yards with six touchdowns. Hilliard also had four passes for 35 yards. He didn't get a lot of carries because he was part of a stable of backs getting carries for the Tigers.
Hilliard is a big, physical bruising back who could be part of a rotation for the NFL. He may not have the speed to be a feature starter. Teammate Alfred Blue was a steal for the Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Hilliard could be a similar value as both talented runners lost carries to LSU's rotation. Hilliard had an impressive week at the East-West Shrine, but ran very slowly at the Combine.
8/27/14: Hilliard totaled 310 yards on 68 carries (4.6 average) with seven touchdowns in 2013. With Jeremy Hill in the NFL, Hilliard could see more opportunities this coming season. LSU utilizes a running back-by-committee approach that makes it tough for any one back to stand out though. Hilliard was part of such a group in 2012. Like a lot of the Tigers' backs, Hilliard is a big power back who has some quickness. He had the second-highest stat line among LSU's backs in 2012 with 464 yards and six touchdowns.
Personal: Majoring in general studies. Son of Brenda Hilliard and nephew of former Saints running back Dalton Hilliard.