Combine Watch: Getting To Know DL L.J. Collier

The NFL is only a few days away as on-field workouts will begin on Friday, March 1st. It’s a special event for many draft and a time to discover great athletes and raw ability. It’s also an important opportunity for prospects to make their stock go way up, and sometimes watch it plummet. Personally, what I enjoy the most about the Combine is looking out for some relatively unknown names and see what they can do.

A few weeks ago, analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein published an article on which player each team should be watching when the Combine kicks off. For the Dallas , the name listed was L.J. Collier.

During his time in , Collier lined up in a lot of positions for the TCU Horned Frogs. His production in 2018 was pretty solid, racking up 11.5 tackles for loss, four deflected passes and six . He did this playing mainly as an defender but if the consider him at some point in the , they should probably look at him as a .

Weighing in at 280 pounds, this is a legit way of looking at Collier. He’s got the size and has played in the interior before. When was in Chicago, he managed to handle ’s transition from to defensive . Transitioning Collier from one position to the other could be an interesting possibility for the Cowboys.

Collier still has a long way to go and he shouldn’t be seen as a potential starter in the NFL. However, he could become an important rotational player at defensive tackle. I would be interested in his value as a pass rusher in obvious passing downs. Specially considering his impressive motor and just how competitive he is as a player.

Collier will have to put on an impressive showing at the NFL Combine if he wants to climb those , though. Many scouts are concerned about his burst and flexibility and for good reason. Watching the film, he’s not what you want in a pass rusher. I believe he wouldn’t have a good time playing on the edge on Sundays. He’ll have a chance to change some minds in Indianapolis.

I’d expect Collier to be drafted in Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. I’m convinced that as a late fourth round pick he’d be able to contribute for some NFL team as a rotational player. For the Dallas Cowboys, defensive tackle is one of the most pressing needs heading into next season. A need that should be addressed before the fourth round but could still be benefited from a player like Collier.

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Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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