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La'el Collins 'just scratching surface' of talent, Les Miles says


LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins hasn't even yet logged a full season as a starting left tackle, but the Tigers' junior has vast potential as a pro, LSU coach Les Miles indicated Wednesday.

"I think he's a big, strong, very capable tackle. I think he's just scratching the surface of how good he's going to be. I would expect that he is a guy that will play for a number of years after his college career," Miles said.

Collins started at guard as a sophomore in 2012, and was moved to the all-important left tackle position last spring. At 6-5, 315 pounds, he has all the necessary physical tools for the position, but given his lack of experience, Collins could still develop next season as one of the league's elite pass protectors.

Collins has yet to comment on whether he is considering early draft entry.

"He's got the great mindset. That's probably the most important criteria of a player that will have a future ahead of him. ... To want to dominate, yet still recognize the scheme that we're running," Miles said.

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