Jerry Jones impressed when learning La'el Collins is an Eagle Scout
There are many aspects to undrafted free agent La'el Collins' game as an offensive lineman that are impressive. From position flex to quick feet and beyond, it is understandable why the LSU Tiger was graded a first-round talent ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Before draft weekend in Chicago, Baton Rouge police wanted Collins for questioning related to the shooting death of pregnant ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Brittney Mills. As Collins returned south, so did his prospects of being drafted.
Over the offseason, the Cowboys have added troubled players such as defensive end Greg Hardy and drafted another in defensive end Randy Gregory. What does the Cowboys owner have to say to the criticism that the club is acquiring players with character problems?
"I would hope that until further notice they would make exception here," Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] Friday.
For Jones, the questions about Collins' character ceased when he discovered the LSU Tiger was an Eagle Scout during pre-draft evaluations.
"Someone said, 'Well, you know he's an Eagle Scout.' I said, 'Do what?' 'Well, he's a right at it or is an Eagle Scout. He's completed all of his requirements.' I said, 'Let me tell you something. I was in scouting. And I know how special it is to be an Eagle Scout.' Now, I'm talking as a tenderfoot.
"That takes a lot of resolve, and for a young person it takes a real fortitude to get involved all of the things that are required of an Eagle Scout. They made some of the greatest leaders and some of the greatest contributors that our country has ever seen."
The Cowboys are hoping one of the greatest contributions Collins can make is provide depth and position flexibility along the offensive line. Some experts predict Collins will supplant incumbent Ronald Leary at left guard and then succeed an aging Doug Free at right tackle in the coming seasons. Even if Collins does not start in 2015, he would still provide considerable depth at any position due to his ability to play inside and out.
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