School: LSU | Position: OT | Height: 6044 | Weight: 315 | Forty: 5.01 | Class: 2015
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA | Year: Senior | Dob: 7/26/93 | Projection: 1st Round | Pro Comparison: Michael Oher / Jason Peters
- Athletic and physical. Noted run-mauling strength. Wide body frame and long arms help in sustaining leverage. Has noticeably improved his technique, which has led to more consistency in his game.
- Three-year starter (started at left guard in 2012). Being viewed as tackle or guard by NFL scouts. Figures to be an impact starter at either position. Has been praised by coaching staff and teammates for his leadership role.
- Top heavy; loses balance at times due to subpar footwork. Needs better body control, lateral quickness and improved hand movement.
- Lacks the athleticism to be dominant in pass protection at the next level, according to some evaluators—may be viewed as a right tackle prospect.
- Reportedly received a 2nd round grade from the NFL Advisory Board after the 2013 season.
- Took out a $5M insurance policy each of the past two seasons.
- Name means “Belonging to God.” (Numbers 3:24, which reads "The leader of the families of the Gershonites was Eliasaph son of Lael.")
“I think leadership is evident in La’el Collins, a guy that’s really not eligible to wear 18 [a jersey number handed to a team leader each season, but offensive linemen can't wear such a low number], a guy that really turned down what was certain wealth at some level to get his degree, play championship ball here and put himself in position to move his draft status up. So that kind of guy is a leader in every huddle that we break.” LSU HC Les Miles
"La’el Collins is a man and a great leader. I’ve been so impressed with him. He chose to come back and he did it for all the right reasons and he’s never looked back and he’s becoming a great, great leader. He’s impressive and I think that’s rubbing off on the other guys and he’s setting high expectations for this offense.” --LSU OC Cam Cameron
“Everybody listens to him when he speaks. He is the guy on our team. He’s definitely the leader of our team. I’ve been going against him in practice since he was a freshman, and I prefer him being on our team.” – LSU LB D.J. Welter