Teams are always looking to add more weapons to their passing game and there is no lack of options at the wide receiver position in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Nico Collins. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the big, physical target from Michigan.
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Nico Collins Draft Profile
A super-sized target with the physicality to match his size, Collins dominates at the catch point. He’ll seek contact downfield. Along with winning at the catch point due to his size and length, he draws a lot of defensive pass interference calls along the way. He shows some suddenness off the line of scrimmage, allowing him to escape the jam, and he does a nice job selling double moves to open up opportunities downfield. He lined up on the boundary and as a big slot.
Collins is more of a straight-line mover who will have some limitations in his route tree; he’s primarily going to work downfield and win with size and strength more than with creating separation. His long speed is impressive, but it takes him a while to reach his top gear. The lack of ability to separate led to modest production throughout his collegiate career.
Contested-catch ability and mismatch potential give Collins a chance to be a solid No. 2 or 3 receiver, with the ability to play the boundary or the slot.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round