Thursday, December 27, 2007

Can Jed-Zilla Make it in the NFL?

In a very slow time for football news, there is a small blurb about Jed-Zilla. Jed Collins will play in the East-West Shrine game this year where old Jed can display his self-proclaimed 5+ 40-time for NFL scouts. But seriously, is Collins a true NFL propsect?

Believe it or not, Collins is in fact on the NFL draft radar. I know it's early for mock drafts and stuff like that. But a search found this profile of Collins at something called NFL Draft Scout. But the different thing here is that Collins is actually scouted as an NFL fullback, and not at TE where he set a WSU receiving record with 52 balls in '07. But when you really think about it? Collins projects much better at fullback than tight end at the next level. In fact, right now he's regarded as the #5 fullback in the upcoming NFL draft! But why is he more fullback than tight-end?

Well, for one thing, have YA SEEN NFL tight ends these days? These cats are gigantic, plus almost all of them run like NFL WR's. Collins checked in at a pro day measurement at nearly 6-2, and weighing 254 lbs. He also reportedly has clocked a 4.88. Not bad for the Pac-10, in fact that's pretty slow, but on the next level? No WAY will that fly as an NFL tight-end. But at fullback? Absolutely.

If you've watched Collins much over the years, you know first and foremost that he's what coaches love to call a "football player". He's the tough kind of kid that will put his head down and try to run through you vs. running out of bounds or falling down to protect himself. He leaves it all on the field, every Saturday. You appreciate that as a fan, that he's giving everything he has for his school, and it's a great thing to watch. But he's also one hell of a lead blocker on running plays, and you can see why he's regarded as a top-5 fullback prospect.

I still recall the UCLA game this year, and watching Collins time and again motion across the line before the snap, only to shoot back across and act as a lead blocker on a trap or a kick-out run on a counter play. UCLA came into that game as the top rushing defense in the conference, but Dwight Tardy gashed them for over 200 yards that day. Tardy is a pretty good back who has a bright future if he can stay healthy, but the O-line, and particularly COLLINS, was the story that day.

And in today's NFL, if you are a fullback and, oh yeah, you can catch the ball a little bit out of the backfield? You have a very bright future. It's easy to picture Collins as a New England Patriot, you know, the kind of smart, scrappy, team-first player that Bill Belichick absolutely covets. Collins would fit like a glove on that team. He's be a big upgrade over Heath Evans. Or even a team like the Seahawks, where Tim Ruskell talks to janitors and lunch-ladies about the kind of character in potential draft picks. Collins could be an excellent west-coast offense fullback.

WSU Football Blog wholeheartedly endorses Jed Collins, NFL fullback! Good luck Jed-Zilla, and thanks for leaving it all on the Martin Stadium turf every Saturday.

6 comments:

Hooty McBoob said...

Here are some similar stats:

6'3", 262, 4.74 - This guy was a third round pick in 2004

6'2", 272, 4.78 - This guy was a second round pick in 1999

Personally, I have been comparing Jed to the first guy all year. With as much emphasis as NFL teams are putting on character and intelligence these days, I have to believe that Jed stands a very good chance to stick with an NFL team.

Playing multiple positions in college not only shows his versatility but also proves he's willing to do whatever is asked of him, for the good of the team.

Based on those stats above, if he can shave a tenth off his 40-time, you'd think there'd be at least a handful of teams ready to pounce on him.

The two guys above?
Chris Cooley and Jim Kleinsasser

Section 25 Jed Collins Fan Club said...

I have always assumed that if JC was going to get into the league it would be at the FB position.

Like you said, the guy can hit, block, and catch, but he is to slow and to short to play TE in the NFL.

I honestly think he could be one of the more successful NFL Cougars.

Sedihawk said...

I agree with both of you. I think he's got more Cooley in him than Kleinsasser in terms of pure pass-catching ability, and Kleinsasser is bigger. But yeah, he's got H-back written all over him. I love how they have him at #5 and rising in terms of that position. He's really got a shot!

AtlantaCoug said...

Definite H-back potential. I don't see him as a lead blocker ala Mack Strong but he can definitely do a bit everything. Could be a special teams demon also like Steve Gleason.

shane said...

UCLA hires Nueheisal! THe Bruins are relevent again.

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