Arkansas junior tailback Alex Collins (5-10, 217) made the decision to come out early and put his name in the NFL Draft and while he went later than expected he certainly found a nice landing spot.
Collins was taken by Seattle in the fifth round with the 171st pick overall and was the second running back taken in the draft by the Seahawks, who earlier took Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise in the third round.
"This kid fits the way we characterize our run game - big, physical, runs violent," noted Seahawks scout Mike Hineline after the draft pick. "He fits all of those. This is a kid that is one of over three backs to go over 1,000 yards three times in the SEC with the other ones being Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden. That's pretty cool and says a lot about his ability because he didn't start until this year so that says a lot about him and his ability.
"Great kid, competitive, glad to add him to the mix at this spot in the draft."
One of Collins' drawbacks - 16 fumbles in his Arkansas career - can be overcome according to Hineline
"You can work through that as you gain experience," Hineline said. "He'll be fine going forward. I don't look at it as an issue.He'll get stronger, learn how to take care of the football and maybe he should go down instead of fighting for that extra yard. Those kind of things keep that from happening."
Hemline has seen Collins' Irish dancing.
"Hey, he's got great feet," Hineline said. "He's doing something right. Really smart kid."
Seattle star Marshawn Lynch is retiring and his replacement Thomas Rawls is coming off a broken left ankle as they add in Collins and Prosise.
"The key thing is they are both three-down players," Hineline said. "To add those guys to the competitive mix that we have in general is pretty cool."
He will join an organization whose quarterback is Russell Wilson, who played his final season of college football at Wisconsin under current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
Collins had three seasons of over 1,000 yard rushing for the Razorbacks and had 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.
His 3,703 yards career rushing is second only to Darren McFadden's 4,590.