According to a Thursday report by NFL insider Jay Glazer, the agent for LSU tackle La’el Collins is attempting to get the league to pull his client from this year’s draft in order to allow him time to clear his name in a recent murder case.
Scoopage: Agent for LSU's La'el Collins trying to pull him from this draft allowing him time to clear his name then enter Supplemental Draft
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 30, 2015
Collins is currently facing questioning by police in Baton Rouge following the recent shooting death of Brittany Mills. Collins is reportedly still not considered a suspect in Mills’ shooting death, but there are reports that she may have been a former girlfriend of his.
“He’s not a suspect, but we are seeking to question him,” Cpl. Don Coppola told Albert Breer of NFL Media. “He knew the victim. We’re not sure of the exact nature of the relationship. But for the investigation and through the investigation, we’re exhausting all avenues to locate this young lady’s killer.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Collins is back in Baton Rouge ready to meet with police, but that authorities are not ready to meet with him. Collins had been in Chicago for the 2015 NFL Draft that will get underway Thursday night prior to returning back to Baton Rouge to clear his name.
Glazer reports that teams are currently asking for a full police report clearing Collins of any wrongdoing before they are willing to draft him. A report Wednesday stated that a few teams had already removed the LSU tackle, who was slated to be drafted in the first-round, from their draft boards.
If the league does honor the request of Collins to be pulled from this year’s draft, it would then allow him time to clear his name and then be eligible for the supplemental draft. Should they deny his request, there’s a good chance that Collins could wind up tumbling into the later rounds or even going undrafted.
UPDATE: According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Collins’ request to be removed from this year’s draft has been denied by the league.
NFL rejected La'el Collins' request to be removed from draft until police complete murder investigation, per source. No supp draft for him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2015