The Case for Collins

As the NFL draft enters its final day, the Kansas City Chiefs have done a terrific job filling extreme needs at cornerback, offensive line and receiver. With rounds four thru seven on the books today, perhaps they should take a chance on one of the best players still on their draft board this afternoon.

For those that saw my post on Twitter this morning (see below), the Kansas City Chiefs tried to land Cleveland Browns Center, Alex Mack last night. While on the clock in the second round the two sides went back and forth unable to make the deal. Out of those failed negotiations, the Chiefs selected Missouri Center, Mitch Morse, who could line up as a starter for this football team this season.

Don’t buy into the versatile mumbo jumbo you heard after he was selected by the Chiefs on Friday evening, Morse is going to be groomed to play center. Still as much as I love what the Chiefs have done in revamping their offensive line to date, I’d take it a step further.

LSU Tackle, La’el Collins is still on the board. Yes I’m well aware of the issues surrounding his fall from a top ten pick to a roll the dice draftee in day three. However, should he be cleared of all aspects of the investigation, does he not deserve a second chance?

At the moment, he’s wanted for questioning in the tragic death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. For now, he’s not a suspect and has been more than willing to talk to investigators. However, the justice system isn’t moving quickly so teams are struggling to find answers. He is scheduled to speak to investigators on Monday.

Kansas City has already gone outside their comfort zone when they selected Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters. He was the best defensive back in this draft, and some say Collins is the best tackle in this draft. Both had big question marks entering this draft.

The Chiefs have multiple picks today, and let’s face it, the current management hasn’t been as adept in picking third day players as the previous regime. So would they risk a 5th round pick on Collins? That remains to be seen.

Now I’m well aware the agent for Collins has indicated that his client will re-enter the draft in 2016 – now that every NFL team passed on him to this point in the draft – but I say that shouldn't deter any NFL team from drafting his client today.

In Kansas City, Collins could be an instant starter at left or right tackle for the Chiefs this season. He’d come in with something to prove and a humble heavy heart. On the field his addition to the Chiefs rebuilt offensive line, has the makings to become the best group in the AFC West.

In summary, I'm not naive to think this could be a public relations nightmare for the Chiefs, should the investigation change course. Yet if he's truly not a suspect (as investigators have indicated so far), what better place to start your NFL career than in Kansas City.

Others to watch today for the Chiefs.

1. LB Ben Heeney (Kansas) - After the run at inside linebacker in the second round, in my view, this is the best and only inside linebacker left in this draft. If the Chiefs don’t draft the Jayhawks defender, they’ll need to grab at least one inside linebacker during the next wave of free agency on May 12th.

2. QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) - I know he’ll likely go atop the fourth round, but if he’s available with the 18th pick, the Chiefs must give him a long look. I’m convinced despite the knock on his talents, he’d be a great fit in Kansas City.

3. TE McCoyle Pruitt (Southern Illinois) - With Travis Kelce ready to breakout in 2015, the addition of Pruitt would give the Chiefs yet another offensive weapon. He’s the third best tight end in this draft so the fact he’s still on the board heading into day three is a shocker.

4. WR Darren Waller (Georgia Tech) - I’ve already mentioned him before but it’s worth noting, I still like him as a late round pick for the Chiefs. I know he’s a project but his size, hands and route running are at peak value this late in the draft. I know the Chiefs have already upgraded the position with the addition of Kevin Conley and Jeremy Maclin but Waller has extreme size this offense is still lacking.

Photos: Kim Klement (USA Today Sports)


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Don’t buy into the versatile mumbo jumbo you heard after he was selected by the Chiefs on Friday evening, Morse is going to be groomed to play center. Still as much as I love what the Chiefs have done in revamping their offensive line to date, I’d take it a step further.\r\n\r\n

LSU Tackle, La’el Collins is still on the board. Yes I’m well aware of the issues surrounding his fall from a top ten pick to a roll the dice draftee in day three. However, should he be cleared of all aspects of the investigation, does he not deserve a second chance?\r\n\r\n

At the moment, he’s wanted for questioning in the tragic death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. For now, he’s not a suspect and has been more than willing to talk to investigators. However, the justice system isn’t moving quickly so teams are struggling to find answers. He is scheduled to speak to investigators on Monday. \r\n\r\n

Kansas City has already gone outside their comfort zone when they selected Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters. He was the best defensive back in this draft, and some say Collins is the best tackle in this draft. Both had big question marks entering this draft.\r\n\r\n

The Chiefs have multiple picks today, and let’s face it, the current management hasn’t been as adept in picking third day players as the previous regime. So would they risk a 5th round pick on Collins? That remains to be seen. \r\n \r\n

Now I’m well aware the agent for Collins has indicated that his client will re-enter the draft in 2016 – now that every NFL team passed on him to this point in the draft – but I say that shouldn't deter any NFL team from drafting his client today. \r\n\r\n

In Kansas City, Collins could be an instant starter at left or right tackle for the Chiefs this season. He’d come in with something to prove and a humble heavy heart. On the field his addition to the Chiefs rebuilt offensive line, has the makings to become the best group in the AFC West.\r\n\r\n

In summary, I'm not naive to think this could be a public relations nightmare for the Chiefs, should the investigation change course. Yet if he's truly not a suspect (as investigators have indicated so far), what better place to start your NFL career than in Kansas City. \r\n\r\n

Others to watch today for the Chiefs.\r\n\r\n

1. LB Ben Heeney (Kansas) - After the run at inside linebacker in the second round, in my view, this is the best and only inside linebacker left in this draft. If the Chiefs don’t draft the Jayhawks defender, they’ll need to grab at least one inside linebacker during the next wave of free agency on May 12th.\r\n\r\n

2. QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) - I know he’ll likely go atop the fourth round, but if he’s available with the 18th pick, the Chiefs must give him a long look. I’m convinced despite the knock on his talents, he’d be a great fit in Kansas City.\r\n\r\n

3. TE McCoyle Pruitt (Southern Illinois) - With Travis Kelce ready to breakout in 2015, the addition of Pruitt would give the Chiefs yet another offensive weapon. He’s the third best tight end in this draft so the fact he’s still on the board heading into day three is a shocker.\r\n\r\n

4. WR Darren Waller (Georgia Tech) - I’ve already mentioned him before but it’s worth noting, I still like him as a late round pick for the Chiefs. I know he’s a project but his size, hands and route running are at peak value this late in the draft. I know the Chiefs have already upgraded the position with the addition of Kevin Conley and Jeremy Maclin but Waller has extreme size this offense is still lacking. \r\n\r\n

Photos: Kim Klement (USA Today Sports) \r\n\r\n

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For those that saw my post on Twitter this morning (see below), the Kansas City Chiefs tried to land Cleveland Browns Center, Alex Mack last night. While on the clock in the second round the two sides went back and forth unable to make the deal. Out of those failed negotiations, the Chiefs selected Missouri Center, Mitch Morse, who could line up as a starter for this football team this season.

Before selecting C Mitch Morse per source #Chiefs did make a run for #Browns C Alex Mack but Cleveland wanted too much in return.

— Warpaint Illustrated (@ChiefsInsider) May 2, 2015

Don’t buy into the versatile mumbo jumbo you heard after he was selected by the Chiefs on Friday evening, Morse is going to be groomed to play center. Still as much as I love what the Chiefs have done in revamping their offensive line to date, I’d take it a step further.

LSU Tackle, La’el Collins is still on the board. Yes I’m well aware of the issues surrounding his fall from a top ten pick to a roll the dice draftee in day three. However, should he be cleared of all aspects of the investigation, does he not deserve a second chance?

At the moment, he’s wanted for questioning in the tragic death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. For now, he’s not a suspect and has been more than willing to talk to investigators. However, the justice system isn’t moving quickly so teams are struggling to find answers. He is scheduled to speak to investigators on Monday.

Kansas City has already gone outside their comfort zone when they selected Washington Cornerback, Marcus Peters. He was the best defensive back in this draft, and some say Collins is the best tackle in this draft. Both had big question marks entering this draft.

The Chiefs have multiple picks today, and let’s face it, the current management hasn’t been as adept in picking third day players as the previous regime. So would they risk a 5th round pick on Collins? That remains to be seen.

Now I’m well aware the agent for Collins has indicated that his client will re-enter the draft in 2016 – now that every NFL team passed on him to this point in the draft – but I say that shouldn't deter any NFL team from drafting his client today.

In Kansas City, Collins could be an instant starter at left or right tackle for the Chiefs this season. He’d come in with something to prove and a humble heavy heart. On the field his addition to the Chiefs rebuilt offensive line, has the makings to become the best group in the AFC West.

In summary, I'm not naive to think this could be a public relations nightmare for the Chiefs, should the investigation change course. Yet if he's truly not a suspect (as investigators have indicated so far), what better place to start your NFL career than in Kansas City.

Others to watch today for the Chiefs.

1. LB Ben Heeney (Kansas) - After the run at inside linebacker in the second round, in my view, this is the best and only inside linebacker left in this draft. If the Chiefs don’t draft the Jayhawks defender, they’ll need to grab at least one inside linebacker during the next wave of free agency on May 12th.

2. QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) - I know he’ll likely go atop the fourth round, but if he’s available with the 18th pick, the Chiefs must give him a long look. I’m convinced despite the knock on his talents, he’d be a great fit in Kansas City.

3. TE McCoyle Pruitt (Southern Illinois) - With Travis Kelce ready to breakout in 2015, the addition of Pruitt would give the Chiefs yet another offensive weapon. He’s the third best tight end in this draft so the fact he’s still on the board heading into day three is a shocker.

4. WR Darren Waller (Georgia Tech) - I’ve already mentioned him before but it’s worth noting, I still like him as a late round pick for the Chiefs. I know he’s a project but his size, hands and route running are at peak value this late in the draft. I know the Chiefs have already upgraded the position with the addition of Kevin Conley and Jeremy Maclin but Waller has extreme size this offense is still lacking.

Photos: Kim Klement (USA Today Sports)

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