The NFL has rejected La'el Collins' request to be removed from the league's draft until Baton Rouge police complete their investigation, according to an ESPN report.
La’el Collins is beginning to explore all avenues relating to his future in football as the the NFL draft approaches.
The former LSU offensive lineman is reportedly seeking permission to withdraw from the draft and enter the league through the supplemental draft once his name is cleared from a police investigation, according to a FOX Sports report.
Collins’ name recently surfaced as part of a police investigation into the killing of a pregnant Baton Rouge woman. According to Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, Collins is scheduled to interview with police after the NFL draft.
One challenge Collins could face in getting his request approved is that he would need the backing of the NFLPA, which he is not yet a part of since he is not an NFL player.
Collins was once expected to be selected in the first round of the draft, which begins Thursday night. Various reports suggest that Collins is viewed as untouchable by many teams until this situation is settled.
Police have said Collins, 21, is not a suspect in the killing of 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was fatally shot Friday night at her Ship Drive home. Mills died at her apartment, but was rushed to the hospital where her unborn son was delivered. The baby is expected to survive.
Police have said there are no suspects thus far in Mills’ killing.