Plot thickens for La'el Collins who isn't allowed to re-enter next year's NFL draft
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the league has turned down the latest request from LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins’ agent to re-enter next year’s draft after not being selected in the third round on Friday.
A projected Top 10 selection entering the draft this week, Collins’ connection with recent shooting victim Brittney Mills and subsequent request to be interviewed by Baton Rouge police on Monday has created a public relations nightmare for Collins who will soon take a paternity test to determine if he is the father of Mills’ baby, an infant who later died after being delivered according to police.
Collins is a person of interest but not considered a suspect in the case. The tragic incident has caused his draft stock to plummet and according to his representation late Friday, Collins will decline signing with a team if drafted during rounds 4-7 on Saturday and instead sit out a year until the 2016 draft in hopes of recouping cash he lost by falling out of the first round.
Per the NFL, if La'el Collins is drafted, sits out the year, he can enter the '16 draft. If he goes undrafted, he can't enter the '16 draft.
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If Collins isn’t selected however, that possibility evaporates and he’ll become a free agent. He was hoping to drop out of the draft altogether and enter the supplemental draft, but the NFL has blocked that request.
“We have identified where La’el was the day the lady was murdered to establish he was nowhere around,” Collins’ attorney, Jim Boren, told ESPN. “We have offered to give names, witnesses who can vouch for his whereabouts that day until after the woman’s body was discovered. We believe that when [police] have verified that information, that they will rule him out as a suspect in the homicide, just as I believe he should be.”