Alex Collins is heading for the NFL after his junior year with his name in SEC record books. He Joins Herschel Walker and fellow Razorback Darren McFadden as the third player to have three consecutive 1000+ rushing yard seasons. On top of that he was a Heisman candidate, finishing in third spot overall.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great combine performance by Collins and he failed to shine in any of the challenges. But he has displayed skills consistently in his three years at Arkansas that will translate to the NFL.
He’s well built and rugged enough to be that every down back in the league. He isn’t the quickest (as his 40 suggested) and is more of a one speed guy. His lack of receptions is an area of weakness- he caught the ball less than thirty times in three years. But it’s his smarts that set him apart. Collins is a patient runner, he’ll wait for the holes to develop. He’s got the power and durability that are vital in cementing himself as an NFL running back.
Collins is the running back I’d love to see the Cowboys take- more likely at the top of the second but if he were to drop into the third then he’d be a steal. Collins is also a personal favourite of Dallas Cowboys writer Bryan Broaddus who too believes there’s no need to panic over the combine numbers:
"“This is a case where the film is better than the workout. He can make people miss, he shows balance to make cuts, he can change directions and he can run out of trouble. You don’t give up on a player when you see these traits with your eyes. My experience in these types of situations that when the scouts make their way to Fayetteville for Pro Day, we will see an improvement in Collins and his numbers.” – Bryan Broaddus"
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