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LSU tackle La'el Collins remains in draft while embroiled in legal situation

LSU tackle La'el Collins remains in draft while embroiled in legal situation
La'el Collins of LSU attends the Athletes Quarterly/Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment Welcome to pro Football event at the Vertigo Sky Lounge of the Dana Hotel on Tuesday April 28, 2015 in Chicago. (Charles Cherney / Associated Press)

LSU All-American offensive tackle La'el Collins remains in the NFL draft and embroiled in a legal situation that is expected to make teams wary of selecting him.

Collins' agent, Deryk Gilmore, requested Thursday that the NFL withdraw Collins from the draft and allow him to be placed in a supplemental draft instead. However, the league rejected the request under collective bargaining agreement language stating that the regular draft can't be avoided by a draft-eligible player to enter the supplemental draft.

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Gilmore was seeking more time for Collins to be cleared by Louisiana authorities, who want to question him because he's the boyfriend of a pregnant woman who was killed in Baton Rouge. Police have said that Collins isn't a suspect in the homicide of Brittany Mills, but want to talk with him.

The situation is expected to drop Collins out of consideration to be drafted in the first round and perhaps altogether because NFL teams are concerned about drafting a player involved in a homicide investigation.

Collins has communicated through his lawyer that he's not the father of the child, who lived after the mother was shot. Collins hasn't conducted interviews with the media since the incident.

Collins, one of the top blockers in the draft, visited the Ravens' training complex prior to the draft, according to league sources.

Collins has left the NFL draft in Chicago and returned to Louisiana. He's not expected to be questioned by police until after the draft is over, though, a timetable that might cost him millions of dollars and cause him to go undrafted or be a late-round pick.

The 6-foot-5, 322-pound Collins was a second-team Associated Press All-American.

Collins also met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine and Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Collins ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds at the combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times. He had a 27-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot broad jump.

Collins started 38 career games and was an All-Southeastern Conference selection.

He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the SEC last year, an award voted on by the league's coaches. Collins played 2,533 career offensive snaps with 222 knockdowns.

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