4/10/21: To open the 2020 season, Collins was very good against Oklahoma State, recording three sacks and six tackles. That set the tone for him to produce a phenomenal 2020 season that featured a ton of splash plays, including an overtime pick-six walk-off winner against Tulane. Collins is big, quick, and a versatile athlete who displays some ability to drop into coverage, makes tackles in the run game, and rush the passer.
After some skepticism from NFL scouts at the start of the fall, many were raving about Collins by the end of the season. They feel he could be a 4-3 Sam linebacker or Mike - middle - linebacker while also being a great fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Collins has explosive speed, athleticism, the ability to cover, and the ability to play in space. Some teams don't like that Collins is not a linebacker who takes on a lot of blocks and believe he is not very physical, but others feel his strengths are rare and special. In the 2021 NFL Draft, Collins should go no lower than the second round.
9/5/20: Collins has good height, weight and length to be an outside linebacker in the NFL. He was a solid run defender for Tulsa during the past two seasons. The senior needs to improve his pass-coverage ability and production for his draft stock to rise.