A potential Minnesota Vikings draft target at cornerback is getting the last minute red flag/torpedo treatment after revelations about a possible drug problem.
According to Albert Breer, LSU CB Jalen Collins failed “multiple” drug tests while in college. This from sources with four different teams.
Collins will now be viewed as an iffy prospect who could slide out of the last-first/early-second slot where many people had him. Some of the teams leaking info about his failed drug tests may have had this result in mind when spilling those particular beans to Breer.
The 6-1, 203-pound Collins has been linked to the Vikings in speculation, but then again, what cornerback hasn’t been linked to the Vikings this draft season?
Collins does look superficially like a good fit for Mike Zimmer, given the player’s size-speed-length combo. Collins is viewed as a raw player who needs to work on technique before he becomes a reliable press-cover player.
One expert compares Collins to current Vikings cornerback (and long-time Zimmer fav) Terence Newman.
If the Vikings elect to pass on Trae Waynes in the first round, Collins could be in play for them in the early second. Collins is not believed to be among the players who visited the Vikings during their top 30 event but that could just mean they’re trying to mask their interest.
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