Photo of Jalen Collins
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 2
  • Pick 10
  • Overall 42

Combine Results

6.2 ?
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.32 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Collins has as much talent as any corner in this draft. But he only made 10 starts at LSU. He reminds me of Antonio Cromartie." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 203LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


Made just 10 starts in his college career. In 2014, played in all 13 games, starting seven while leading the Tigers with 10 passes defensed. Allowed completion rate of a little more than 35 percent on passes thrown at him. In 2013, lost his starting job after two games, but played in all 13, allowing 10 completions for 163 yards on 18 targets. Selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team in 2012, finishing with two interceptions. Given a 4-star rating by Rivals and selected Mississippi 6A first-team All State while attending Olive Branch High School (Miss.). Underwent foot operation in March, but is expected to be ready for May minicamp, per NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.



Rare combination of height, weight and speed. Has the foot quickness and twitch to trigger on demand. Uses soft, bouncy feet to change direction and drive instantly on throws. Has arm length to play from trail position and still knock passes away. Desired awareness in zone with extended playmaking range. Will make plays outside of his area and has speed to come across field to chase down a loose running back or receiver. Able to redirect from press coverage and will only get better with more coaching. Leaper with the ability to challenge and win 50/50 throws. Buys in and does his part in run support.


Only 10 career starts. Plays with talent over technique. Needs to improve patience in press coverage rather than opening up too early. More of a straight-line burner than fluid, change-of-direction athlete. A little stiff-hipped and is a tick slow to open and accelerate. Plays with build-up speed over instant gas. Inconsistent to turn and find/track the ball. Not a naturally aggressive, physical player. Can hit with force, but doesn't go out of his way looking for it. Showed more aggression as a tackler earlier in season than he did to close the year.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"They all have holes, but Collins is what you are looking for in an NFL cornerback with his length and speed. He isn't there yet, but he has the traits and ability to become a high-end starter and maybe the best cornerback from this draft." -- NFC director of personnel

NFL Comparison

Terence Newman

Bottom Line

Immensely talented cornerback who brings the entire triangle (height, weight, speed) with him. Still learning technique and how to sink his feet with his eyes, but the instincts and athleticism to make plays on the ball both short and deep are what set him apart. Collins is a work in progress, but his physical and play traits create a very high ceiling if he continues to learn to play the position.
-Lance Zierlein
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.