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Nico Collins

WR

Michigan

6'4"

Height

Weight

215

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
14
4.45
Vertical
Broad
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
37 1/2"
10' 5"
4.32
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
6.79
9 3/8"
34 1/8"
78 1/2"

6.97

Final Grade

Injury History

Games Evaluated

@ Ohio St. (2018), vs Florida (2018, Neutral Site), vs Alabama (2019, NS)

Team Fit

ATL

GB

BUF

Strengths 

Good athlete for his size. This is apparent in his releases and ability to stack defensive backs in his routes. At his best when he is working in the deep portion of the field using his large frame to box out defensive backs and make plays on the football. Great ball tracking, body control, and catch radius make him a big play waiting to happen at any given time.

Weaknessess

Outside of his knack for winning contested catches, he was a limited player at Michigan, mostly due to usage. His separation was typically based off of threatening deep vs sharp routes, which will not be as reliable against NFL DBs. Also was weaker in his run after the catch ability, in particular breaking tackles.

Big Picture

Due to poor usage at Michigan and an opt out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19, a lot of his evaluation is projection in the hopes that an NFL team will be able to unlock his potential. He has a good size-speed profile and is adept enough to win in contested catch situations day one in the NFL. Is very raw at the moment and landing spot/patience is key for his long-term success as a player. Is likely best served as a backup for the first year or two while he rounds out his game. Projects best as an X receiver in an offense that likes to push the ball down the field. I'd be comfortable with him on day 3 if I wanted to add developmental WR depth and don't need immediate starters at the position.

Player Comp

Kelvin Harmon

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

6.8

Lateral Agility
Elusiveness
Play Strength
Burst
Deep Speed
6.25
6.25
7.25
6.75
7.5

Is a good linear athlete for his size. Is never going to be the type of player that turns on a dime and that is perfectly fine. Plays strong on a consistent basis in both route stems and through the catch point. Good long speed, though he definitely needs to build up to max speed.

Route Running:

7.15

Release/Foot Quickness
Route Tree Variety
Separation
Body Control
Spacing/Timing
7.25
7
6.75
7.75
7

Big Play Ability

Surprisingly good foot quickness at the line of scrimmage for a bigger receiver, and is good at selling the opposite release than he plans to do. He ran a pretty basic route tree at Michigan. He was most effective at curl, dig, and go routes. His separation was typically based on people respecting him as a deep threat rather than snapping off routes or being physical at the top of them. Beautiful body control and ability to adjust to the football. Adequate understanding of where to sit in zone coverages.

Ball Skills:

7.5

Hands
Catch Radius
Contested Catch
High Points Ball
7.25
7.25
7.75
6.75

Good, strong, late hands with the standard occasional drop. 6'4 frame and fantastic ball tracking ability combines to create a nice catch radius. Strong hands and good use of leverage make him a consistent winner at the catch point. Doesn't necessarily attack the ball at its highest point very often. His best plays are usually a result of the defensive back not looking back for the football and making a fantastic adjustment to an underthrown ball.

Competitiveness:

6.56

Contact Balance
Blocking
Aggression/Toughness
Run After Catch
6.5
6.5
7.25
6

Is aggressive in fighting for the football but not in other aspects of his game. His run after the catch leaves a lot to be desired, usually goes down at the first defender. An average blocker, won't really turn any heads in this area.

Intelligence:

6.58

The best mental part of his game is ball tracking by far. Is fantastic at locating and subsequently adjusting to the football. I also like his natural ability to use leverage in his route stems against man coverage. Solid feel for when to sit in zone coverage. Likely limited to being an X receiver at the NFL level, not suited for the slot.

Instincts
Coverage Recognition
Position Versatility
7
6.5
6.25