Dolphins Players Flying to Louisiana to Recruit La'el Collins to Join Team

La'el Collins was projected as a top-15 NFL draft pick before having to answer questions about a murdered former girlfriend last week.
La'el Collins was projected as a top-15 NFL draft pick before having to answer questions about a murdered former girlfriend last week.
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The Miami Dolphins are sending a group of players to try and convince standout LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins to join the team. Collins is considered one of the top offensive linemen prospects, and was projected to have been drafted somewhere in the top 15 last week before Louisiana police met with him to question him in the murder of a former pregnant girlfriend.

While Collins has not been named a suspect, teams shied away from drafting him, leaving him free to sign with whomever he chooses as an undrafted free agent.

As a result, teams are lining up and stumbling over themselves to try and convince Collins to join their team. Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan reportedly flew to Louisiana on Monday to recruit him to join the Bills' offensive line.

Now, it's the Dolphins turn. According to ESPN, it's unlikely that Collins will join with the Bills, which means the window is still open and the Dolphins are sending in an envoy to try and convince him to move to Miami.

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Earlier reports had head coach Joe Philbin in on the road trip, but the Palm Beach Post says that only current Fins players are being sent to Baton Rouge to meet with Collins, which includes former LSU players receiver Jarvis Landry,  linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.

The Dolphins are also sending LSU-rival and former Florida Gator Mike Pouncey to close the sale.

Before taking off, Landry posted an Instagram photo with a caption that reads "Apply Pressure."

Apply Pressure #Pj #LetsMakeItHappen @mikepouncey

A photo posted by Jarvis Landry (@v.royalty.s) on

As for that ongoing murder investigation, Collins has met with Baton Rouge police and has cooperated fully. His attorney says Collins answered every question, and gave up all information asked of him so that he could get back to concentrating on his football career.

Following the meeting with police, Collins put out a tweet:


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