Former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins recently left Chicago for Baton Rouge to aid police in the investigation of the shooting death of a woman believed to be an ex-girlfriend, and it may be affecting his draft stock.
According to Josh Alper of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, more and more executives are viewing Collins as undraftable unless his name is cleared.
Granted, Baton Rouge police told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Collins was not a suspect and his presence was being requested more for assisting purposes, but this is still a giant red flag.
Collins was originally projected as a late-first round pick by ESPN’s Todd McShay, and now his NFL future is entirely in limbo.
It’s hard to blame teams for feeling this way, given how former New England Patriots tight end and 2010 fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez was just found guilty of first degree murder and was arrested just under a year after signing a lucrative contract extension.
Sure, the contract was terminated, but the Patriots didn’t look very good after the fact since Hernandez’s off-field life was something they probably should have had tabs on from the get-go.
Collins is still not a suspect and would be innocent until proven guilty regardless, but he has yet to even meet with authorities, per John Kryk of the Toronto Sun.
This story is still very much in the early stages, and Campus Sports will update it as more details come in. Just the same, on Collins’s end, the timing on this could not be worse.
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