A first-round NFL draft talent, LSU’s La’El Collins went undrafted amid his ex-girlfriend’s murder. Don’t consider the Dallas Cowboys one of those teams that is worried.
The Cowboys signed Collins to a fully-guaranteed three-year, $1.65 million deal on Thursday.
Collins has fully cooperated with police investigation. He skipped the NFL draft to meet with police in Baton Rouge. He also took a polygraph test and a paternity test. His ex-girlfriend, Brittney Mills, was shot and killed on April 24th. She was pregnant, and her son was born afterwards, but died days later.
Collins passed the polygraph test, and it was revealed that he is not the father of Mills’ son. He was never named a suspect or person of interest in the crime.
The offensive lineman was an All-SEC selection in his senior year. He was expected to be a high draft pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Teams were scared off, particularly after the Aaron Hernandez case, to invest in Collins. Once he wasn’t taken on Saturday, Collins’ agent said his client wouldn’t sign with a team that drafted him. Instead, he planned on re-entering the 2016 NFL draft.
Collins, if on the field, will bolster an already-strong Cowboys offensive line. The Cowboys also drafted Randy Gregory this year, a player with off-field issues coming in.