Alex Collins, RB/KR, Arkansas – 2016

Seahawks, Round 5. Was a junior who declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Postseason Events: NFL Combine.

Positives: Adequate height, bulk, and hand size for the position. Above-average speed, vision, burst, and lateral quickness for the cutback. Runs with adequate acceleration. Quick feet. Runs balanced, with adequate body lean behind the line and on kick returns. Changes directions pretty quickly in the open field and is elusive. Very effective on inside runs, and doesn’t waste motion too far off of his blockers. Able to maintain his momentum after cutting. Runs with good power. Churns hard and consistently through contact and fights hard for extra yards after contact, using an effective stiff arm. Good balance after contact and is able to make yards after the catch. Good effort for off-target passes. Willing pass protector. Showed some versatility in college and was also the team’s wildcat quarterback.

Negatives: Merely adequate acceleration means he isn’t as effective on outside runs. Consistently stops his own momentum in the backfield by dancing behind the line and needs to just cutback and drive forward instead of trying to jump cut to another running lane. Inconsistent hands – can make some difficult catches but drops easy ones. Willing but below-average pass protector who will lunge at defenders and miss – and also seems to prefer to cut block rather than body up. Fairly poor vertical leap and below-average broad jump at the Combine and pro day. Below-average upper-body strength. Benched in November game for lateness, fumbling, and injuring a toe.

Pre-Draft Projection: Round 4. Of the two Arkansas running backs (Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins) I’ve seen and like Collins more, but that doesn’t seem to be the prevailing opinion, and Collins will probably be drafted after Williams. Collins has nice athleticism and power, but needs to work on his receiving and pass protection to be more than a committee back in the NFL.

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