LSU fans will need to find a new favorite Alabama player to jeer.
Alabama defensive back and former Dutchtown standout Landon Collins will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Collins at No. 10 on his big board, a list of the top draft-eligible players, if Collins chooses to forego his senior season.
“He is clearly the best safety in this draft,” Kiper said.
Kiper projects Collins would be drafted as high as No. 5 and no lower than No. 15. The fifth pick in last year’s draft, Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack, signed a four-year deal worth $18.7 million guaranteed. The 15th pick, Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier, signed for $9.5 million guaranteed.
Collins instantly became an enemy to much of LSU's fanbase when he announced his commitment to play for Alabama over LSU in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game, much to his mother's dismay.