NFL Draft 2015: LSU CB Jalen Collins On the Vikings Visit List


According to media reports, the Vikings have on their list of pre-draft visits a cornerback prospect whose game reminds some of a certain Mike Zimmer favorite currently on the Vikings roster.

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Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo says LSU CB Jalen Collins has the Vikings on his pre-draft itinerary, along with at least nine other teams including the 49ers and Panthers.

The 6-1, 203-lb Collins is the definition of a raw prospect, having started just 10 games in college. But scouts love his upside (via

"“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" offers up Terence Newman as a player comparison for Collins. Newman of course was recently signed by the Vikings and has long experience working with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. This comparison would seem to indicate that Collins is a good fit in Zimmer’s scheme. offers up a list of concerns on Collins with inexperience right at the top:

"Struggles with his backpedal at times as he tends to get too high and on his heels, resulting in poor reaction time, particularly vs smaller/quicker receivers. This really showed vs. Amari Cooper in the ’14 Alabama tape. Doesn’t deliver much power or jolt when in press man coverage and gives easy releases too often. Very inexperienced player in terms of reps as a starter. Likely won’t be able to step in right away as a starter, but can develop into one with time."

The Vikings reportedly love Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, but if they’re unable to get Waynes, Collins might be a nice consolation prize in the second or third round. Having Terence Newman on board for a year gives the Vikes the option of being patient with any young cornerback they may draft.

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