The Dallas Cowboys won the La’el Collins sweepstakes, adding the once first round projection to their already stacked offensive line as an undrafted free agent. Collins, who played both offensive tackle and guard at Louisiana State University, was viewed as a high as a top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was often times projected to go to the Miami Dolphins with the 14th overall pick.
And then La’el Collins got caught up in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Brittney Mills, just a week before the draft. As a result, all 32 NFL teams shied away from taking a chance on Collins, and the Cowboys got the first round talent shortly after the draft.
Once I saw La’el Collins fall to day three of the draft, I was desperately hoping the Dolphins would take a chance on Collins. Before the draft started, the Dolphins had first, second, fourth, fifth (x2) and 6th round picks. Trades made during the draft gave them four 5th round picks. With those picks the Dolphins selected running back Jay Ajayi, cornerback/wide receiver Tony Lippett Jr, safety Cedric Thompson and cornerback Bobby McCain. I was in love with the Ajayi and Lippett Jr. picks, but was not crazy about the Thompson or McCain picks.
The Dolphins easily could have taken a chance with Collins with a one of those four fifth round picks. Sure, they had taken guard Jamil Douglas in the third round, but he was not particularly rated that high, and will have to learn a lot before he is ready to serve as an above average starter in this league. Collins was a proven stud, and gave the Dolphins tremendous depth by playing both the guard and tackle positions.
Even if Collins had turned out to be involved in the case or became a locker room nightmare for Miami, they easily could have cut ties with him, only losing a fifth round pick. Since joining the Cowboys, he has created nothing but positive news. Instead of immediately starting at one of the guard positions for the Dolphins (one of the last positions with questions entering the season), Collins finds himself on the already loaded All-Pro Cowboys line.
The Dolphins missed it big time by not taking a chance on Collins. Meanwhile, the rich get richer in Dallas.
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