With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Jalen Collins
Weight: 198 Pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2015 Stats: 38 Tackles, 3 Tackles for Loss, 1 Interception, 9 Pass Breakups
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Jalen Collins’ pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Collins.
Pros: Collins has prototypical size for an NFL corner in today’s age. He is long, rangy, and an incredible athlete with an already solidly built frame. He is an able and willing tackler who does a great job at wrapping up and limiting yards after the catch. His hips are very fluid and he does a phenomenal job mirroring receivers as they run their routes down field. He is adept in man coverage. He will likely be one of the stars of the combine. He loves getting physical both by pressing receivers in man coverage and laying the wood on running backs. He does a phenomenal job using his long arms and athleticism to high point the ball and breakup passes. He has out of this world speed and has made some spectacular plays in his college career.
Cons: He is limited in terms of experience and this shows in his backpedal and the fact that he gets out of technique and plays to high sometimes. He needs to improve his technique in press coverage to not give an early release. He will not be able to play at a high level from day one. He struggles versus smaller, shifty receivers.
Our Take: Collins has all the phsyical tools to become one of the premiere corners in the NFL but will need to play in the proper system, and on a team that allows him to develop into his body and into being a cornerback. If he gets coached by someone who will work with him for the better part of his rookie season on technique, I could see him becoming an absolute stud. I like his film a lot and think he is the number two corner in this draft class, behind Trae Waynes
Final Grade: 92 Out of 100
I am grading Collins very well because he possess a set of tools that is rarely seen in a cornerback prospect today. With some proper coaching, he should become an absolute lock down corner. He is also a phenomenal tackler and won’t be afraid of contact.
Possible Draft Spots: Depending on how well he performs in the NFL Combine, I could see Collins going anywhere from the 10-12 range to the late first round. His athleticism is going to show at the Combine, it is just a question of how draft boards play out and if teams are willing to take a player that will essentially require a redshirt year high in the first round. Some teams in need of a corner are the Saints at 13, the Texans at 16, the Eagles at 20, the Steelers at 22, the Ravens at 26, the Cowboys at 27, and the Colts at 29. I think he will fall somewhere between 16 and 22, and he is a scheme fit with both the Texans and Steelers, who like corners who are great athletes that can play the run.
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