Summary: After deciding to return to campus for his senior season, Collins earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy through a vote for the top lineman by the SEC's coaches. He was also selected as a permanent captain and named the team's most outstanding player in 2014. His candidacy for the NFL, where a "the more you know" adage exists, is further enhanced by the fact that he played guard, then moved to tackle and routinely matched up against some of the best linemen in the SEC.
Stacking up: After the combine, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Collins as his top tackle prospect, and counterpart Bucky Brooks rated him as the second-best solution, particularly if Collins is tasked with playing right tackle or kicked inside to guard.
Rare air:If Collins is selected in the first round, as many prognosticators project, he would become the second former LSU offensive lineman tabbed in the opening round (joining nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro Alan Faneca in 1998).
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