OL La’El Collins Put Through Drills By Browns OL Coach


The Cleveland Browns had a first hand look at 1st Round offensive line prospect La’El Collins with OL Coach Andy Moeller putting him through drills at his Pro Day. You saw something similar when Browns QB Coach Kevin O’Connell ran Marcus Mariota’s Pro Day. While it may not mean much, it does give the Browns a little extra information for their decision making.

Here is a look at Moeller putting Collins through one specific drill:

We have profiled Collins already earlier in the off-season. Here is a peak at what we saw from him:

  • Run Blocking – Collins is a strong and athletic run blocker that is consistently able to over power defenders and drive them off the ball.  Collins consistently creates running lanes for the running back that you could easily drive a Mack truck through.  Collins initiates contact well, extends his arms and drive defenders down the field.
    • Pass Protection – Collins possesses the necessary skills to be a solid pass blocker, his quick first step is ideal to maximize his effectiveness against edge defenders and his footwork is adequate for the tackle positions. Collins effectively mirrors his opponents and anchors well with his size and strength and can hold and drive back defenders; his overall strength allows him to overpower his opponent and not allow them to push him out of position or collapse the pocket.

Collins would create an interesting situation for the Browns. Mitchell Schwartz has played well at right tackle, although fans do not love him, while Michael Bowie has a high upside that the Browns Front Office is high on.

On the other hand, Schwartz can be a free agent after the season and the Browns have made it clear that they will be a running team. Having quality offensive linemen, who can get out in front with the Zone Blocking Scheme, is important to that end.

Moeller is and interesting coach for the Browns. He has experience from his time with the Baltimore Ravens when they were a power running team and last year adjusted as a ZBS team. OC John DeFilippo wants to keep the ZBS but could include some power plays as well.

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Collins is considered a high level prospect in this upcoming draft. Most expect that he will be taken between the 10th and 20th pick and could fit in a number of systems. The Browns could draft him at either 12 or 19.

While fans have focused on wide receiver and tight end, we would not be shocked if the Browns focused on either line and/or pass rusher in the first round. The depth at the receiver position is impressive into the 2nd and 3rd rounds. With Schwartz and Bowie we would be a little surprised if the Browns go with a offensive tackle but a versatile player like Cameron Erving would not shock us in the least.

What do you think of the Browns coach running La’El Collins’ Pro Day drills?

Next: La'El Collins Draft Profile