The Atlanta Falcons drafted former LSU cornerback Jalen Collins in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, the 42nd overall selection.
Collins held a first-round projection, according to some mock drafts throughout the pre-draft process. Reports surfaced last week though that Collins failed multiple drug tests during his LSU career. That may have led to a slight drop in his draft stock, but Collins still didn't have to wait long to hear his name called.
Collins is the first LSU player to be taken in this year's draft. He returns DBU to the NFL Draft a year after the Tigers did not have a defensive back selected. The Tigers had three consecutive DBs selected in the first round from 2011-13 (Patrick Peterson, Eric Reid, Morris Claiborne). He's the eighth LSU DB drafted since 2010.
Collins at No. 42 overall is the latest that the first LSU player has been drafted since 2010 (Chad Jones, 3rd round, No. 76 overall).
Collins opted to leave LSU a year early after a redshirt junior season that was his most successful with the Tigers. He started seven games and played in all 13 for LSU in 2014. He had 39 tackles and a team-best nine pass breakups this past season.
He finished his career with 90 tackles, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions.
Collins will join former LSU defensive lineman Tyson Jackson on the Falcons' roster. He'll join other corners like Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford on the depth chart.
Click here to track all of LSU's selections in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons draft LSU CB Jalen Collins
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