Alabama safety Landon Collins has decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL draft, league sources tell Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Getlin had reported last month that Collins was viewed as a “lock” to declare for this year’s draft.
Collins, who turns 22 this Saturday, racked up 90 tackles during his junior year at Alabama, as well as snagging three interceptions. He projects as a potential top-10 pick, ranking seventh on CBSSports.com’s big board of 2015 prospects, and first among safeties. In his first mock draft, ESPN.com’s Todd McShay has Collins being selected by the Bears with the No. 9 overall pick.
With a week still remaining for NCAA underclassmen to declare their intent to enter the 2015 draft, Collins is the latest addition to our list of early entrants.