LSU offensive lineman La’El Collins, who was considered a likely first-round draft pick before he was linked to a woman who was recently murdered, will meet with the Dolphins on Tuesday, a day after he met with police in Louisiana, according to a report Monday night in the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Collins, a second-team All-American in 2014, met with police in Baton Rouge on Monday to discuss the murder of an ex-girlfriend, Brittany Mills. Mills was eight months pregnant at the time of her murder, and the infant, Brenton, also died.
After the meeting on Monday, the Baton Rouge police department said “Collins fully cooperated with investigators and is still not considered a suspect in the homicide of Brittany and Brenton Mills.”
Collins, who went undrafted because of the ongoing police investigation, met with the Buffalo Bills on Monday night and will have meetings with several other teams after his session with the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to the Advocate. The newspaper said Collins’ agents, who declined to comment, have heard “from almost every team.”
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The Dolphins will have considerable competition to sign Collins, and he probably could maximize his value for his second contract if he signs with a team that would play him at left tackle instead of guard.
If he joins the Dolphins, he likely would play guard, though right tackle Ja’Wuan James is versatile enough to play guard. Collins said before the draft he would be OK with playing tackle or guard.
Any team can sign Collins to a three-year deal worth as much as $1.58 million. The Dolphins expressed interest in Collins before the draft and brought him to Miami for a visit.
Dolphins linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who also attended LSU, has publicly lobbied the Dolphins to sign him.
“Need the whole 954-305 to reach out and support [Collins] and get him to Miami,” Sheppard posted on Twitter.
DOLPHINS ADD LINEBACKERS
The Dolphins have question marks at linebacker, with only two clear-cut starters, and they failed to address the position during the NFL Draft. But the Dolphins added four highly productive college linebackers after the draft ended, and they hope a couple of them emerge when the team begins a rookie minicamp on Friday.
Four of the linebackers signed by the Dolphins since Saturday ranked in the top 14 in the country in tackles last season.
Utah State inside linebacker Zach Vigil ranked second with 154, Penn State outside linebacker Mike Hull was tied for fourth with 138, Cincinnati inside linebacker Jeff Luc was tied for eighth with 133 and Marshall inside linebacker Neville Hewitt was tied for 14th with 123.
Hull, 6-0 and 231 pounds, was named the Big 10’s Linebacker of the Year and was third-team All-American.
Luc, 6-1 and 256 pounds, was the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect when he committed to Florida State in 2010, but he transferred to Cincinnati because of lack of playing time. He blossomed last season, with 6.5 sacks.
“Luc might be the most imposing inside linebacker in the country,” CBS’ Rob Rang said. “His powerful build and aggressive nature make him an ideal run-stuffing presence in the middle. [But] scouts worry that Luc lacks the lateral agility and speed, however, to handle coverage duties.”
Vigil, 6-2 and 240 pounds, had nine sacks last season, and Hewitt, 6-1 and 231 pounds, had five.
Other players added by Miami after the draft include wide receivers Christion Jones (Alabama), Damarr Aultman (Maine) and Nigel King (Kansas), Arizona offensive tackle Mickey Baucus and UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.
Suh hangs with W. Buffett
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has skipped the Dolphins’ voluntary workouts in recent days, arm-wrestled his friend, billionaire Warren Buffett, during an appearance Monday morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
Suh let Buffett win; Buffett cracked, “I’m toying with him.”
Suh and Buffett met when Buffett was an honorary coach for Nebraska during a game against Oklahoma, and former Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne later arranged a meeting between them.
“We sat down and it was like speaking to my father,” Suh said, adding that the opportunity to talk with Buffett about money was “a pleasure and honor.”
Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the second-richest man in America at $71.8 billion, said of Suh: “This guy is smart, believe me. I admire him a lot. He listens. He asked the right questions.”
Suh, once dubbed a “secret finance nerd” by The Wall Street Journal, said during Monday’s CNBC appearance that, “I’ve always loved numbers. So I like to be involved and understand what’s going on and not just be a person that always wants to take great advice.”