La’el Collins is dealing with some things. He was projected to go in the top-15 picks in the NFL draft, but police wanted to question him (though they kept saying he wasn’t a suspect) in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Collins tried to withdraw from the draft and enter the supplemental draft but it was too late and he slipped right past every single team in the seven-round draft. Now, he’s officially a free agent, and teams are proceeding with extreme caution.
The police’s interest in Collins may just be bad timing. He could have nothing to do with the crime and it’s just unfortunate that they asked to speak with him right around draft time (yes, it’s the least unfortunate part of the story, but still). The only person who knows if it wasn’t is Collins. And teams want to find out. Last night, Collins ate with Rex Ryan (perhaps one of the only meals in which Ryan got out-eaten). Other teams are also likely interested, according to the Indianapolis Star, including the Saints, the Giants, and Chip Kelly’s Eagles. Collins was ranked as one of the best offensive tackles in the draft — an area where the Eagles could use some help — but it’ll take a lot of work to see if Collins’ is a much-lauded “culture fit.” Chip said Collins wasn’t on their draft board, but it doesn’t seem like any offensive linemen were.
UPDATE: Some terminology was changed in the post for clarification.