With their Second Round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Falcons opted to bolster their defensive unit, choosing Jalen Collins, cornerback out of LSU. Collins only started 10 games for the Tigers, but flashed great ability in his time in Baton Rouge. Some label him inconsistent, but Collins has the size and speed to compete in the NFL, standing at 6’1” and weighing 203 lbs. Collins is a boom or bust prospect: he has talent, but will be a player coaches will have to develop. He has a lot to learn, but you cannot teach 4.48 40-yard speed and his power jamming receivers.. He has played well in coverage and has proven he has the ability to stop the run as well. Many projected Collins to be selected in the First Round, but he during his tenure at LSU, he failed multiple drug tests. That could have possibly been the leading factor to his draft slide. Collins does fill a need, and he and Desmond Trufant could form an exciting young cornerback duo for years to come. He may not start immediately due to his inexperience, however. He did undergo a small procedure in his foot this offseason, causing him to miss LSU’s pro day, however, he has made a full recovery. Collins is a highly touted prospect, and one of the top cornerbacks in the draft class. Welcome to Atlanta Jalen, we’re excited to have you!
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