La’el Collins, OT
Some people might say that I am cheating with this pick but he was still technically a free agent. Offensive Tackle La’el Collins is number three on my list and could climb up one more spot if he continues on his current trajectory.
Collins went undrafted because of an off-field issue he was later cleared of but he was a sure-fire first-round talent before that. I have to give Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a lot of credit for infamously inviting Collins and his mother over for dinner to sway him to sign with Dallas.
Nabbing arguable one of the best college prospects without giving up any assets is truly a remarkable feat and one that we do not give the owner as much credit as we should for this.
I will have to admit that I was wrong with my initial evaluation of Collins. I thought that his future with the club would be at guard but watching him in training camp this past year ultimately changed my mind that he was good enough to stay and play outside at tackle.
I really thought he played at a Pro Bowl level this past year and I’m sure having three other Pro Bowlers playing on the same line might have had something to do with the decision not to vote him in but that is another story.