Arkansas RB Alex Collins: NFL Draft Scouting Profile

Will Alex Collins of Arkansas find himself hopping a flight to his new home in Cleveland Ohio after next week?

Name: Alex Collins

Position: Running Back

School: Arkansas

Height: 5-10

Weight: 217

Hands: 9 ¼”

Projected: Top 100

Strengths

Strong with a thick build, Collins keeps his pads low to maximize his leverage on runs. The definition of a rhythm runner, when Collins gets rolling, he’s tough for a defense to stop.

With excellent vision of the field, he’s able to quickly make decisions while anticipating a defender’s movements. Coaches will like his durability, as he often played through the pain in college to step up for his team on the field.

Outstanding foot quickness, can make a linebacker looks silly at times, just needs to do it more consistently.

Weaknesses 

Happy feet behind the line, doesn’t follow through on his running lanes all the time, leaves a lot of meat left on the bone.

Unproven as a receiver, doesn’t seem to have a lot of interest in mastering pass protection, occasionally takes plays off when the ball isn’t in his hands.

Struggles to break through first-contact with defenders, only taking what is blocked for him.

Browns Analysis

Despite the concerns that scouts will have, Collins fits as the hammer of the Cleveland offense. Opposite of Duke Johnson, he would fill the void the team has in the red zone, where they consistently have struggled to punch it in.

He would likely see heavy usage in the first half, battering a defense, and allowing the faster Johnson to utilize his speed in the second half.

Conclusion

His ball security issues and stutter steps would be concerning if they carried over into the league, but a lot can be done about both struggles through real NFL coaching.

He has experience in zone and power schemes, allowing him to step in quickly for whichever team should happen to draft him. If a team is looking for a consistent runner that can hammer it between the tackles, they could do far worse than Collins in the middle rounds.

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