- Top Prospect of Week 13: LSU Offensive Tackle La'el Collins...Just as he showed the ability to make switch and effectively block two men on one play in the running game, Collins' ability to punch oncoming defenders before switching off to handle twists and the occasional surprise blitz made him a true difference-maker in pass protection, as well. Collins provided just such a combination on Mettenberger's first touchdown strike to Landry early in the second quarter and on several occasions thereafter as the Aggies became increasingly desperate to pressure the relatively immobile senior quarterback.
In a game boasting as many flashy NFL prospects as this one, it would be easy to overlook Collins' dominant performance. In much this same way, as the January 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare early for the NFL draft approaches, expect there to be much more buzz about LSU's "other" potentially draft-eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores.
Make no mistake, however, the role Collins' played in LSU's surprisingly easy victory Saturday over the Aggies and the high grade the versatile and talented offensive lineman is likely to earn from the NFL Advisory Committee. Don't be surprised, in fact, should Collins be in the running to be the first player drafted out of LSU this year should the junior elect to leave early. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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Powerful run blocker who has played in 20 games with 13 starts on the offensive line for the Tigers ... Spent first two years playing guard ... Will give left tackle a try in the spring in hopes of replacing the departed Josh Dworcazyk at that position in 2013 ...For career, has played 882 snaps with 69.5 knockdowns.