You won’t see any of these 2016 running backs run the ball harder than Alex Collins. He is a tough, powerful, physical runner who every coach would love to have on their football team. He started his career at Arkansas with a 100 yard game as a true freshman, putting him in the same company as Adrian Peterson as he was the first since AP to do so. Despite splitting carries with fellow prospect Jonathan Williams, Collins had an extremely productive career with the Razorbacks. He looks like your prototypical do-it-all backup RB.
Name: Alex Collins
Projection: 4th Round
Comparison: Ladell Betts
Strengths: Height to weight ratio you look for at the position. Strong build throughout his body. Shows good straight line vision and finds ways to knife through a defense with a north/south running style. Utilizes an effective spin-move. Follows the convoy and show patience. Not afraid of contact and will bull into defenders while churning his feet. Can run low inside making himself a small target and can get skinny and slip through small holes. Accelerates quickly and can gash defenses for large chunks of yards. Lost weight this past season and showed more quickness. Used in the passing game and shows good hands. Toughness in the run game shows up in pass-blocking and will put his body on the line. A team leader who matured greatly since coming on campus.
Weaknesses: Only average arm length and hand size. Leggy for his size. While he can run low feels more comfortable running high once he gets to the second level. Not an explosive athlete that will sink his hips and change direction. Lacks NFL home-run speed and gets tracked down. Gets caught when he runs east/west. Not a play-maker who will improvise on a busted play and make something happen. Fumbled the ball far too often. Showed toughness in pass-blocking situations but needs to put more effort into becoming consistent and using proper technique.
Overview: Alex Collins brings a little bit of everything to the table and should become a complimentary back. He has the size, toughness, vision, and athletic ability to be a steady pro but lacks elite physical traits. Pass protection and ball security are glaring issues that could keep him off the field or in a coaches doghouse. Collins makes sense as a middle-round selection.