May 1, 2015 6:48 PM
The Latest: Day 2 of draft nears; talent still available
The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) 5:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. EDT)
Several media outlets are reporting that offensive lineman La'el Collins will sit out a year and refuse to sign a contract if he isn't selected in the second or third round tonight.
Though he is not a suspect, police want to speak to the LSU offensive lineman about the killing of his ex-girlfriend in Louisiana.
Collins was considered a top-10 prospect.
Yesterday, before the draft started, he asked the NFL to remove him from the draft, but the league refused. Now, he's in limbo. His agent told media outlets that Collins would rather sit out a year than be drafted in the fourth round or worse tomorrow.
5:10 p.m. (6:10 p.m. EDT)
Attention NFL shoppers. There are plenty of good deals still available in Round 2 and 3.
The second round of the NFL draft begins in about 45 minutes and there are a handful of players projected as first-round picks who are still waiting for their names to be called.
Topping the list: LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, massive Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Pittsburgh tackle T.J. Clemmings.
The Tennessee Titans, who tied with Tampa Bay for the worst record last season, get tonight's opening pick. They need help at right tackle and linebacker and could also use a receiver for their newest pick, Marcus Mariota, to throw to.
Or maybe they'll trade the pick. Only two deals were made yesterday, leading to speculation that the wheeling and dealing will begin in earnest tonight.
Elsewhere, don't be surprised to see a run on running backs. It's a deep crop this year, and even though the position isn't valued as much anymore, there are at least five starting with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah who could have new homes by the time the third round is complete later tonight.
On the other hand, this is not a good year for depth at quarterback. Not one was selected after Jameis Winston and Mariota went 1-2 last night. The few available include UCLA's Brett Hundley, Baylor's Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson of Colorado State, a dropback QB considered one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft.