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2019 NFL Draft

L.J. Collier

DT/TCU

  • B
    6.50
    Projection
    Round 3-4
  • YearRS Senior
  • Height6-2
  • Weight283
  • Hand10
  • Arm34
  • 40-yard4.91
  • Bench25
  • Vertical30.0
  • Broad118.0
  • 3-cone7.71
  • 20-yard4.78
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Plays hard every snap. Good production at TCU in 2018 with 42 total tackles and six sacks. Great motor. Plays a physical, competitive game. Good pursuit player. Uses his hands well. Flashes pass-rush moves and holds the point with his strength.

    Weak Points: Played outside for TCU but doesn't have the speed, quickness or explosiveness to play on the edge in the NFL. Tightness in his knees and hips, which showed in his slow agility times in Indy. Only played one year as a starter after being a backup for three seasons. Lacks top instincts and is more of a reactor. Can be a bit late off the ball. "Tweener" size.

    The Way We See It: After playing as a backup/rotational player for three seasons, Collier got his chance to start in 2018 and came up with a very good season. He plays outside and lines up in a 2- and 3-point stance. Though he has a good first step, his snap reaction needs to improve so he can consistently hold the advantage. Collier does not have great instincts, but they are good enough. He is more of a reactor than an anticipator, playing a physical game and going all out every snap. He makes plays because of his competitive nature. He flashes as an outside rusher and has some counter moves. He holds the point vs. the run and gets off blocks, at times penetrating and disrupting. Though he played outside at TCU, he will be an inside player in the NFL. He lacks the speed and suddenness needed to play on the edge. At 6-foot-2, he will be better off as a 3-tech in a 4-3, but there will be some 3-4 clubs that like him. Collier lacks great height but compensates with length (34" arms). He's potential Day 2 selection.

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