Chad Sabadie of Fox 8 reports that the Dallas Cowboys met with offensive tackle La’el Collins yesterday evening at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ private residence. Collins was welcomed by players including starting quarterback Tony Romo and members of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.
Cowboys owners Jerry Jones told Collins that he wanted to assemble the greatest offensive line in NFL history.
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Thick through chest and displays upper-body strength. Has strong hands and will snatch and control less active defenders. He takes defenders for a ride once he’s engaged on the move. Loves to mash and intimidate opponents. Mean player. Can center pass rushers and end their attempt in pass pro. Utilizes length in pass protection and is acclimated to a pro-style offense. Able to run-block and pass-set laterally. Well-schooled and technically proficient. If he gets beat on a play, he comes back even harder on the next snap. Finisher. Can come in and play guard or tackle.
Fails to consistently bring hips and feet with him through contact in the running game, causing him to fall forward and lose balance. Hand usage is a major concern. Hands will start too low in pass pro at times and has to work hard to redirect. Change of direction is slow for a tackle. Relies on lunging rather than foot movement to counter inside moves. Plays high out of stance and loses leverage battle on short-yardage confrontations. Will have to move to right tackle or inside.
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“I love the guy on tape. Big-time finisher in the run game and we need that. What I don’t like is that his hands are bad as a pass blocker right now and I’m not sure he gets that fixed right away.” — AFC offensive line coach
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