Draft Buzz: Patriots Interested In Sleeper OL

In 2006 the Patriots took a flier on Cal's Ryan O'Callaghan, hoping he could return to form from a knee injury. Last year, the team drafted two more tackles hoping to find a hidden gem. This year, they're interested in another player who might be the mid round sleeper.

Talent and exuberance

When it comes to Kansas offensive tackle Anthony Collins, it's going to be hard for teams to decide if their more excited by his skill set or his contagious, enthusiastic attitude on the football field. Well-known for sprinting downfield to celebrate touchdowns with the ball-carrier, Collins explained, "I was just excited, I wanted to be the first one down there to congratulate them. It was real fun."

With experience at both the right and left tackle positions, the 6-foot-6, 308-pound lineman has drawn plenty of attention from NFL clubs. He told Scout.com that at the NFL Scouting Combine he had formal interviews with the Cardinals, Bears, Browns, Vikings, Patriots, Jets, Steelers and Seahawks.

Collins, who declared for the NFL Draft as a junior, only missed one game due to injury during his college career. He's expected to be a first-day selection.

Kansas offensive lineman Anthony Collins (78) celebrates with wide receiver Dexton Fields (88) after Fields scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a football game against Kansas State Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas won the game 30-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Eagles eyeing a Hawkeye

Iowa running back Albert Young will be working out for the Eagles along with other area players on April 9. The southern New Jersey native helped boost his stock during his prod day with a 40-time reportedly in the 4.5-second range.

One of just three Hawkeyes in the history of the school to rush for over 3,000 career yards, Young's best attribute is that he's got a well-rounded skill set since he's also a solid receiver and has shown good technique as a blocker in pass protection.

You can learn more about him in this exclusive Scout.com interview that was published in February.


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