La'el Collins visiting Cowboys

Now that former LSU All-American offensive tackle La'el Collins has met with Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and players for the Miami Dolphins who played at LSU, the undrafted rookie free agent is narrowing down his list of potential NFL employers. That includes a visit with the Dallas Cowboys. Collins' agents are calling teams to inform them who's in and who's out as they move to the next phase of the process of picking an organization. "This is a football decision and that is what we will focus on in helping La'el find the best team for him in the future," said a source in the Collins camp. The Dolphins sent former LSU players Jarvis Landry, Kelvin Sheppard and Anthony Johnson to Baton Rouge to visit Collins. Ryan coordinated his dinner with Collins was coordinated with a previously scheduled visit with his brother, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Collins went undrafted after being embroiled in a legal situation where police wanted to question him in a murder investigation involving a former girlfriend, who was shot to death before the draft. Collins was questioned by Baton Rouge homicide detectives earlier Monday. The meeting went "great," according to a source. Baton Rouge police reiterated that Collins is not a suspect. Collins was a projected first-round draft pick before the legal situation arose. Collins' agent requested Thursday that the NFL withdraw Collins from the draft and allow him to be placed in a supplemental draft instead. However, the league rejected the request under collective bargaining agreement language stating that the regular draft can't be avoided by a draft-eligible player to enter the supplemental draft. Collins has communicated through his lawyer that he's not the father of the child. Collins was a second-team Associated Press All-American. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Collins ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds at the combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times. He had a 27-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot broad jump. Collins started 38 career games and was an All-Southeastern Conference selection. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the SEC last year, an award voted on by the league's coaches. Collins played 2,533 career offensive snaps with 222 knockdowns. Former LSU running back Terrence Magee said he has texted with Collins. "I told him I'm praying for him," Magee told National Football Post. "Hopefully, this whole thing gets cleared up. It's a crazy situation. It's a shame, but I'm sure it's all going to work out for him in the end." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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