Collins gains more attention

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, March 10, 2013

PETAL – Jamie Collins stood on his NFL Combine numbers Friday at USM’s Pro Day because he was the apple of every scout’s eye at the event.

Collins, who made headlines at the NFL Combine with a record-setting 11.7 broad jump and a freakishly athletic 41-&-1/2 inch vertical jump at 250-pounds, was all smiles despite recently adding to his legend with a 44-inch vertical during a private workout at the Athlete’s Performance Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla. last week.

Pro football scouts enamored by Collins watched his every move Friday, and he continued to impress. During position drills, he worked out as both a linebacker and defensive end with his hand in the dirt. He showcased his explosive abilities that have made him a high rising prospect in next month’s NFL Draft.

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“I’m just meeting with teams and going over dates with the ones that want to have me in for private workouts,” said Collins. “It’s an exciting process but at the end of the day I’m just ready to play some football.”

USM’s Pro Day featured 16 Golden Eagles, but none was more sought after the event than Collins, who quickly drew a crowd of scouts after the workout.

“They all ask me different questions, some about defensive schemes I’ve played in and others about coaches that they know that have coached me,” said Collins.

NFL Network personality Mike Mayock recently gave Collins a high grade, rating him the second overall linebacker prospect in a 3-4 base defense; behind Oregon’s Dion Jordan but ahead of LSU All-American Barkevious Mingo.

Several NFL teams are switching to a 3-4 defense this fall and that includes the New Orleans Saints, who had four scouts at the workout.

Collins ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, a number he felt comfortable with by not electing to run at Pro Day. He measured in Friday at 6-foot-3 & 3/4, with a wingspan of nearly 81-inches. His hand size is the biggest among all linebacker prospects in this year’s draft at 9 & 7/8.

Workouts at FIU

Meadville native Jordan Hunt worked out at inside linebacker at Florida International’s Pro Day.

Thirty-two NFL scouts attended the workout, where Hunt measured 6-oot-1, 232-pounds. He did 23 reps of 225-pounds on bench press.

Hunt ran a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 9.9. His vertical was 33 & 1/2 inches.

Hunt, a Co-Lin Community College product, hopes to receive a mini camp invite or a rookie free agent contract following the NFL Draft.