With just a few days left to go before the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, we have yet another interesting news item to pass along that concerns a player that many feel will be drafted in the first 20 picks of the first round.
According to a Tuesday report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Baton Rouge police are wanting to question LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins following the shooting death of a pregnant woman last week. The woman, Brittany Mills, is reportedly a former girlfriend of Collins.
According to Baton Rouge police Lt. Jonny Dunnam, Collins is not currently a suspect in the shooting.
Collins is reportedly already in Chicago for the upcoming draft and his attorney, Jim Boren, is currently working with the district attorney that’s handing the case along with a private investigative firm in an attempt to prove that the LSU product was nowhere close to Mills’ home when she was murdered.
It is unknown whether or not Collins is the father of the infant, who was delivered after Mills’ death. Apparently NFL teams want to know if he is, according to Schefter’s report.
Collins played left guard and left tackle while at LSU. He measured in at the combine at 6-4, 308-pounds and posted 5.12 second time in the 40-yard dash to go along with a 4.63 second time in the 20-yard shuttle.
This is a sad story and I certainly hope that Collins eventually has his name cleared. He’s hoping to become the first LSU offensive lineman to be selected in the first round since Alan Faneca was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 26th overall selection in 1998 NFL Draft.