L.J. Collier

TCU
DL

Prospect Info

College
TCU
Hometown
Class
Munday, Texas
r-Senior
Height
Weight
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6' 2"
272 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.87
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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Collier did not start any games in his first four years with the Horned Frogs but consistently contributed as a reserve. He redshirted his first year on campus before playing in four games as a reserve (one tackle) in 2015. The All-District Defensive Player and tight end as a senior from Munday, Texas, played in 13 games as a sophomore, making 21 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Collier played in all 14 games off the bench in 2017, compiling 18 stops, 4.5 for loss, four sacks, and an interception. He stood out against Stanford in the Alamo Bowl with three tackles and a sack. Collier started 10 of 11 games played in 2018, garnering first-team All-Big 12 honors by posting 42 tackles, 11.5 for loss, six sacks, and four pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Robert Geathers
Overview
A 4-3 base end who won't wow teams with his frame or athleticism but who will pique their interest with his rugged play demeanor and surprising rush acumen. Collier is stout at the point of attack and will offer some value as a power rusher who is more likely to press the pocket than become an acclaimed finisher. If his attitude is right, he could develop into an average rotational defensive end.
Strengths
  • Rough and rugged
  • Aggressive with power to set a strong edge
  • Strikes with quick extension and lock-out to keep his frame clean
  • Has adequate anchor to fight for his real estate at point of attack
  • Consistent to contain when run play flows his direction
  • Hands are equally violent and sudden
  • Puts pre-snap thought into his rush plan
  • Cleverly ties head fake with quick lateral steps to find his half-man positioning
  • Sudden acceleration into tackles to bull rush and walk them into the pocket
  • Punch-and-release move can topple waist-benders
Weaknesses
  • Only one season as full-time starter
  • Slow reaction time to the snap
  • Not a natural knee-bender
  • Lacks change-of-direction quickness to mirror movement and tackle
  • Upfield burst is dull whether standing or with a hand in the ground
  • Easy to find and punch when attempting to bend the corner as rusher
  • Inconsistent sack finisher against pocket-mobile quarterbacks
  • Struggle to sustain motor for secondary rush production

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GRADE
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