Editor's note: Click here to read more about La'el Collins, and a source saying he'll take a paternity test to determine if he was the father of Brittney Mills' child. A source also said Collins is scheduled to meet with police on Monday.
The agent for former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins told multiple national outlets that the former All-Southeastern Conference player would sit out the 2015 NFL season and re-enter the draft in 2016 if he’s not drafted Friday. The second and third rounds of the draft are Friday night.
The fourth through seventh rounds are scheduled for Saturday, the final day of the three-day event in Chicago.
Collins, once projected as a top-10 pick, did not get selected in Thursday’s first round and may slip out of the draft completely. It’s a stunning freefall that began when news broke Tuesday that police wished to speak with him regarding the death of Brittney Mills, found shot dead last Friday in her apartment at the 200 block of Ship Drive. Her infant son, Brenton, delivered after her death, died Friday.
Collins, a former Redemptorist star, is not considered a suspect in the deaths, police have said. A source confirmed that Collins is scheduled to take a DNA test.
Collins has gone from a sure-fire first-round pick to a man who may not be drafted in the next six rounds, according to NFL experts and reporters.
His representatives are taking drastic steps, threatening teams that might plan to draft him in Saturday’s final day.
Collins is represented by Priority Sports/Maven Sports Group. His agents told ESPN.com and other national outlets that he will only play this year if he’s drafted Friday in the second or third round. He will refuse to sign a contract with any team that drafts him Saturday and that he will not sign as a free agent.
It’s an unusual and rare move if Collins were go through with it. It might not matter.
“La’el Collins isn’t getting drafted. That’s the info I got once draft rooms quieted down tonight,” NFL reporter Matt Miller tweeted after Friday’s first round.
Collins’ mere association with the Mills’ death draped his draft status in enough uncertainty that his agent asked the NFL to withdraw Collins from the selection process just hours before it began Thursday, FoxSports.com reported. The NFL rejected the request.
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