News came to light Tuesday that Baton Rouge police are seeking Collins for questioning in relation to the murder of a pregnant woman in Louisiana's capital city Friday night. Police spokesmen have maintained that Collins is not a suspect.
The woman, 29-year-old Brittney Mills, is said by the BRPD to be a former girlfriend of Collins. After being shot and killed at her apartment, Mills, eight months pregnant, was rushed by police to a nearby hospital, where a child was successfully delivered.
Collins, who for months has been a projected first-round pick, left Chicago on Wednesday to return to Baton Rouge to meet with investigators. No meeting ended up coming to fruition, with word leaking this morning that Collins and the BRPD would sit down after the completion of the 2015 NFL Draft for an interview and, it's believed, a paternity test.
With all the uncertainty, and Collins' draft stock plummeting, his agent requested Collins be removed from consideration in the draft, running tonight through Saturday, and enter the Supplemental Draft.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league has denied that request, a move that makes sense given the dangerous precedent it would set.
Only hours away from the draft kicking off in the Windy City, Collins, the 2014 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the SEC's top offensive lineman, has such a dark cloud cast over him that many national reporters believe he's untouchable by the NFL's 32 franchises.
La'el Collins had been flying up draft board all week into 10-15 range and now teams have no idea what to do w him— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 30, 2015
As for Collins teams don't know what to do only bc they don't have all the info they are looking for. Unknown is a bad thing these days— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 30, 2015
Most are asking for a full police report clearing him before they are willing to draft him. Collins is slated to meet w police— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 30, 2015