Photo of Aviante Collins
Grade
5.9 ?
  • 4.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 295LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Collins' father, Bill, and brother, Lavon, have made their name as sprinters for TCU track and field. Aviante's (AH-vee-on) large frame, however, made him a better fit on the offensive line for the Horned Frogs. He became a starter immediately, playing in every game at right tackle (10 starts) and left tackle (three starts). His versatility showed again in 2013, as he played in 12 games, starting the first three games at left tackle and the final six on the right side. Collins' career took a dip, however, as he only suited up eight times as a junior (one start at left tackle), and then played in the first three games of the 2015 season before redshirting due to injury. He bounced back in his final year in Fort Worth, however, starting every game at right tackle.

Analysis

Strengths

Comes from athletic bloodlines so his quickness and ease of movement should come as no surprise. Height and arm length are below average for tackle position. Has lateral quickness for reach blocks and has the feet to keep his block tied to inside shoulder on play-side blocks. Is diligent with his feet looking to work them into optimal position after initial contact as run blocker. Overcomes some of his power deficiency with footwork and body control. Has an accurate radar to strike a blow on open field targets when asked to pull. Able to mirror in pass sets and stay connected to defender. Plays with some edge in his game. Finishes his blocks and not afraid to get a little chippy with opponents.

Weaknesses

Frame could use more mass and definition. Somewhat narrow through shoulders and hips and may not have the frame to carry desired weight. Pad level coming off the ball is a little too high. Needs to do a better job of bending his knees and looking to strike from a leveraged position on second level. Is a little light in the power department. Below average as base blocker. Fear of being overwhelmed by power leads to wide, bear-hugging hands. Lacks discipline in his pass sets and will cross feet over to chase edge rushers. May be zone-only fit.

Bottom Line

The more you watch of Collins, the more you like. His athleticism is the first thing you will notice, but his toughness and determination to stay tied to his blocks are what will start to win you over. Finding the right fit will be the problem. He lacks size and length as a tackle and his below average hand usage will get him in trouble against bull rushers if he moves to guard. Collins is a talented move blocker, but he may need a year or two to get stronger and to tighten up some technique issues.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.