NFL Draft: 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Jasper Collins

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Unless you live under a rock your aware that the NFL draft is just a week away so its time to finalize mock drafts & player rankings. For me its time for the last NFL draft profile of the year. I’ve done one of these on Mike James, running back from Miami, Kenjon Barner, running back from Oregon & Shamarko Thomas, safety out of Syracuse. All of these athletes I’ve had a chance to interview either through the show, The Rundown presented by FullScaleSports.com, or through email & you can find the links for those articles at the bottom of this one. Recently we had NFL agent Robert London on the show to discuss his client Japer Collins, a division 3 wide receiver out of Mount Union, me & my co-host Mike were very intrigued when looking up Jasper Collins so we had to have him on the show, & we did. Throughout this profile you’ll see quotes from Jasper asked by me on The Rundown, now I know your saying to yourself who or what is a Jasper Collins & why do I care? Jasper Collins is one of the most prolific receivers in college football history, his numbers are better than Greg Jennings, Victor Cruz & Pierre Garçon, all guys who played division 2 or 3 football & have gone on to successful careers at the next level. We’ll get into his stats later on but as always these profiles are meant to raise awareness on a player & give you the fan a closer look at NFL draft prospect Jasper Collins.

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Jasper Collins is a 5’10 180 lbs play maker, Collins finished his career at Mount Union with 232 receptions which is 2nd all time to current Jacksonville Jaguar wide out Cecil Shorts III. When you watch Jasper Collins on tape you see first round talent, he runs smooth fluent routes & catches everything thrown his way. The biggest knock on Jasper is the level of competition he faced at Mount Union. When I asked him what was his answer to those that say he didn’t play anyone he responded with “I don’t control who lines up against me I can only control what I do & my goal is to win every play no matter whose on the other side of me.” He also went on to say “Number don’t lie, I did play at a lower level of competition but regardless I felt I dominated & I did the best of my ability to make plays. I’ll continue to work hard along with hard work good things will come.” I watched some of Jasper’s junior year as well as his senior season & I have no worries about him at the next level. Jasper has the ability to play in the slot & be the guy to move the chains on 3rd down, I could see him as a guy you could insert right away in the slot & get instant production. Jasper’s height suggest that he’s just a slot guy & I know I just made the case for him being a slot guy but he’s where his versatility comes in to play. Jasper Collins may only be 5’10 but he has no problem dealing with press man or even double teams for that matter. Collins can be an outside receiver also & with that versatility you can move him around to create match up problems for the opposing team.

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I told you I would get in to Jasper Collins’ stats so here we go, his senior year he caught 92 passes for 1,700 yards & 22 touchdowns. Compare that to some of the NFL wide outs that didn’t play division one football like Greg Jennings who had 98 catches for 1,059 yards & 14tds as a senior & Victor Cruz who had 59 catches for 868 yards & 5tds as a senior, numbers don’t lie. When I asked Jasper if looking at the success of guys like Jennings & Cruz motivate him he said “No doubt about it I watch a lot of film & try to relate my game to those guys. Their numbers don’t lie either so their numbers compared to mine is a confidence booster is shows me I’ve done what they’ve done so I can be successful at the next level”. I know your waiting for me to give you Jasper Collins’ combine numbers but you’ll be waiting forever for those as Collins wasn’t selected to attend the combine. However, I can give you his numbers from his pro-day. Jasper Collins ran a 4.42 40 yard dash which would tie him for 6th with Cordarrelle Patterson, a guy that many scouts have as the first receiver off the board, it took me a while to find video of his pro-day but he worked out at Kent States pro-day also & looked really well. He ran good routes, didn’t look to stiff & caught the ball exceptionally well. I don’t think there should be a knock on Collins for not being invited to the combine although I see some scouts saying it is. When I asked Jasper how he felt about not being invited to the combine he responded with “My first thought was everything happens for a reason my biggest thing is to trust God in every situation no matter what god or bad. You gotta be strong in faith & realize if its meant to be it’ll be. When it happened I was a little shocked and upset of course I wanted the opportunity but like I said everything happens for a reason.” I know the casual fan thinks if you don’t go to the combine you have no future but I can assure you that is far from the truth & like Jasper said everything happens for a reason but he did get to experience something special this year & I got to talk with him about it.

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Jasper Collins was the only division 3 player selected to play in the famous East-West shrine game this year, when I asked Jasper what that meant to him he said, “It was a tremendous experience & a great opportunity that I was blessed to have, I met some great guys & great football players.Being a division 3 guys I knew I had to make a name for myself & prove myself I just wanted to show I could compete and overall I think it would great”. One of the big advantages to being at the East-West shrine game is getting practice time with NFL coordinators & positions coaches. I went on to ask Jasper how was the practice environment for him & did he feel any pressure to stand out he responded with “I had a good week of practice, I made some plays & showed the coaches, scouts and Gm’s that I can compete with these guys. Like I said it was a tremendous experience & I had a great time down there”. Dane Brugler of NflDraftScout.com wrote this about Jasper Collins’ week of practice…”Considering he is the only Division-III prospect participating this week, it was even more impressive that Collins was the most polished route runner and consistent receiver on the roster. He isn’t the biggest or the fastest, but he displayed excellent footwork and short-area quickness to set up his routes, keep defenders off-balance and create separation to give the quarterback an open target. Coming from the same program that produced NFL starting receivers Pierre Garçon and Cecil Shorts, Collins is used to expectations, and he passed this week with flying colors.”, need I say more?

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I’ve said it once I’ll say it again Jasper Collins has first round talent & top 10 numbers. I’ve written a all-sleepers team & I put Collins on it because I truly believe he’s going to be the biggest steal of the draft. I’ve seen scouts rate him somewhere in the 4th to 5th round which is ridiculous. We will all look back on this draft & wonder why Jasper Collins didn’t go higher mark my words. What I love about Collins is that doesn’t bother him he’s not worried about where he gets drafted all he cares about is what he can control. Jasper told me he’s been down in Florida working out with his former roommate Cecil Shorts, receiver for the Jaguars. When I asked Jasper what he would be doing to prepare himself for the next level he responded with “I’ve been training every single day down here in Florida with Cecil shorts, we’ve just been down here working hard. He’s helped me along the way to get better every & competing so I’ll be ready when the opportunity comes. Nothing changed for me I’ll continue to work even harder than I have before.” Jasper Collins is the complete package he’s got the speed, agility & great hands on the field as well as the maturity off of it. The team that drafts Jasper Collins will not only receive the biggest steal of the draft but a well spoken well-mannered young man with a bright future.

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