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NFL Mock Draft 2015: San Diego Chargers Select La'el Collins

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With the seventeenth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers (represented by LeedsSaint) select...

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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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Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
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
quickdrawdoc
17 San Diego Chargers OT La'el Collins - LSU LeedsSaint
18 Kansas City Chiefs
jmcmillan_93
19 Cleveland Browns
ryan_la_sports07
20 Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Mosley
21 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
whodatgermany
23 Detroit Lions
Khannar
24 Arizona Cardinals
saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers
Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens
quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys
arcuate
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