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Ravens to meet with LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins at scouting combine

Louisiana State offensive tackle La'el Collins will meet with the Ravens at the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Louisiana State offensive tackle La'el Collins will meet with the Ravens at the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis. (Mark Humphrey, Associated Press)

INDIANAPOLIS — Louisiana State offensive tackle La'el Collins reinforced his reputation for having a nasty streak during the Senior Bowl in January, punishing defensive players with his powerful blocking style.

The 6-foot-5, 308-pound projected first-round draft pick leveled Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera, sending him flying through the air and crashing to the ground.

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"I really feel like every aspect of my game has made me who I am," said Collins, who's set to talk with the Ravens as one of his 22 formal meetings with teams at the NFL scouting combine. "I really feel like pass blocking, run blocking is strong. It's all equal.

"I take the same initiative in everything I do. If it's a pass play, I want to protect. If it's a run play, I want to drive my guy off the ball. I take that mentality every down."

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Collins' aggressiveness should serve him well in the NFL, provided that he can harness that on a consistent basis and not overreach in his blocking techniques. Collins has a tendency to lunge a bit in his desire to finish every block.

The strength of Collins' game is his power.

Collins expressed confidence that he can have immediate success in the NFL after watching former LSU teammates, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, excel as rookies last season.

"I don't think it's too much magic to it, just talking to guys, just be you," Collins said. "If you're a guy who's here, you worked to excel at what you do. Just show them in the drills what you have to offer."

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