La'el Collins, OT, LSU
This mock draft gave me a taste of what it might be like to be an NFL general manager. There I sat in my (imaginary) office twiddling my thumbs, whilst waiting to fire off the pick that could potentially catapult the Chargers into contention in the AFC. When suddenly those pesky Miami Dolphins popped their head above water to steal Todd Gurley from my clutches. I had considered Gurley's ongoing recovery from an ACL injury to be enough of an issue to dissuade any teams above me from picking the Top-10 talent (when healthy).
Nevertheless, I had to quickly consult my board and decided that if we couldn't build a running game through picking a talented all-purpose Running Back as had been intended, we would be best placed to add another piece to a potentially nasty offensive line. With King Dunlap entrenched as the starter at Left Tackle, DJ Fluker looking like a solid player at Right Tackle, and the addition of Orlando Franklin in free agency to cover the Right Guard spot, there was a hole at Left Guard, and I knew the perfect player to fill it.
Enter, La'El Collins, the three-year starter on the offensive line of the Louisiana State Tigers. Having started the last two years as the Tigers' Left Tackle, a position which earned him 2nd Team All-America honours from AP, he reverts back to the position which may suit his game the best initially in the NFL, as a Left Guard. At times a devastating blocker in the run game, he has a strong punch and good movement skills that have resulted in him often being found battling at the second level on run plays. He had a total of 222.5 pancake blocks in 2,533 offensive snaps (h/t @SECNetwork), with his nasty streak illustrated in this vine (https://vine.co/v/hpm6dQH1mw6) where he pancakes 3 defenders in a matter of seconds.
Now that isn't to say that he will remain at Guard throughout his whole career. With 2 years' experience at Tackle in the SEC, and King Dunlap turning 30 during the 2015 season, he may find himself kicked out to Left Tackle before the end of his rookie contract. He certainly has the ability to develop his game and become a long-time starter on this offensive line no matter what position he ends up playing.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|2||Tennessee Titans||DE Leonard Williams - USC||Tee Word||85%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Dante Fowler - Florida||Khannar||80%|
|4||Oakland Raiders||WR Amari Cooper - Alabama||arcuate||73%|
|5||Washington Redskins||DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska||Lostastic||29%|
|6||NY Jets||OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson||BlackandGold4ever||52%|
|7||Chicago Bears||LB Shane Ray - Missouri||saintmanumit||28%|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky||Dave Choate||46%|
|9||NY Giants||NT Danny Shelton - Washington||GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight||60%|
|10||St. Louis Rams||OT Andrus Peat - Stanford||Kevin Sean Held||46%|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||WR Kevin White - West Virginia||gulf shores||60%|
|12||Cleveland Browns||QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon||ryan_la_sports07||68%|
|13||New Orleans Saints||CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State||Dave Cariello||57%|
|14||Miami Dolphins||RB Todd Gurley - Georgia||Ralph Malbrough|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||DE Arik Armstead - Oregon||The Irish Assassin|
|16||Houston Texans||WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
|17||San Diego Chargers||OT La'el Collins - LSU||LeedsSaint|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||jmcmillan_93|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Mosley|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Jake White|
|28||Denver Broncos||Ryne Hancock|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Alex Lyles|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Matt Mosley|
|31||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|32||New England Patriots||Whit Prottsman|