After it was reported last week that likely first rounder OL La’el Collins (LSU) was sought for questioning concerning the shooting death of his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend, Collins petitioned the NFL to have his name removed from draft consideration tonight in Chicago. That request has been denied, and the Baton Rogue Advocate reports Collins, “is exploring all avenues relating to his future in football.”
Collins reportedly sought permission to withdraw from the draft and enter the league through the supplemental draft once his name is cleared from a police investigation.
Collins was once expected to be selected in the first round of the draft, which begins Thursday night. Various reports suggest that Collins is viewed as untouchable by many teams until this situation is settled.
Police have said Collins, 21, is not a suspect in the killing of 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was fatally shot Friday night at her Ship Drive home. Mills died at her apartment, but was rushed to the hospital where her unborn son was delivered. The baby is expected to survive.