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The Atlanta Falcons drafted a player who some would consider a "risk" with their second-round pick in cornerback Jalen Collins from LSU. One person who doesn't consider him a risk? Collins himself, according to Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

I personally dont think Im a risk, the Falcons second-round pick said after a light workout at a Falcons rookie camp. I know myself. Ive gotten myself under control. Im living right.

As Schultz points out, the "news leaked before the draft that Collins failed three drug tests at LSU. The time-frame is non-specific, but Collins said his problems primarily came in his sophomore season in 2013."

The fact that Collins is still willing to step up and talk about the issues, as well as face them to the media before his rookie season is a great thing. The former Tiger is loaded with talent, so here's to hoping that he truly has put the past in the past.

(h/t The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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The only thing I wonder is would he still be available in the

fourth round. He looks the part, but was not starter full time at LSU.

I doubt it seriously. He was considered a first round guy by many media outlets. He plays a key position that is hard to fill. And, he has uncommon physical traits.

His weed "situation" dropped him into the second round and I doubt that many teams would have allowed him to see round three.

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The only thing I wonder is would he still be available in the

fourth round. He looks the part, but was not starter full time at LSU.

Collins wouldn't have lasted until the 3rd round. LSU always seems to have a deep & talented Def. He has played a lot of snaps. I'm not comparing the players as much as the programs but his PT reminds me of Clay Matthews not starting @ USC when he was there.
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The only thing I wonder is would he still be available in the

fourth round. He looks the part, but was not starter full time at LSU.

No way. Farthest he would have fallen, at most, was probably to Green Bay at 62. But I believe the Eagles would have taken Collins instead of Rowe if both were still available.

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The only thing I wonder is would he still be available in the

fourth round. He looks the part, but was not starter full time at LSU.

He wouldn't have made it to the 4th. If we didn't take him, we would've taken Tevin. The FO already said they were considering Tevin in the 2nd but decided on Collins because he slipped further than we thought he would. We got both guys we were considering with our 2nd round pick. That couldn't have worked out better.

On a side note, we also considered Jarrett in the 4th but took HD's replacement and still got Jarrett in the 5th. This draft really fell well for us considering we didn't think Beasley would be there at 8.

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He wouldn't have made it to the 4th. If we didn't take him, we would've taken Tevin. The FO already said they were considering Tevin in the 2nd but decided on Collins because he slipped further than we thought he would. We got both guys we were considering with our 2nd round pick. That couldn't have worked out better.

On a side note, we also considered Jarrett in the 4th but took HD's replacement and still got Jarrett in the 5th. This draft really fell well for us considering we didn't think Beasley would be there at 8.

The reason I said fourth is because Gregory in the second and Coleman

in the third would have been preferable to me. The draft was fantastic for

us but I did have to go study up on Collins and Hardy. Coleman was my

favorite RB in this draft and I have been an outspoken proponent of drafting

taller DB's which Collins is. However, the thought of picking up Beasley and

Gregory in this draft had probably not occurred to anyone and it was there for

us.

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The only thing I wonder is would he still be available in the

fourth round. He looks the part, but was not starter full time at LSU.

Antonio Cromartie didn't start during his time at Florida State.

He was a nickel/backup corner and punt returner his first 2 years and missed his entire junior year due to tearing his ACL during offseason workouts.

Collins has more starting experience than Cromartie had in college.

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Antonio Cromartie didn't start during his time at Florida State.

He was a nickel/backup corner and punt returner his first 2 years and missed his entire junior year due to tearing his ACL during offseason workouts.

Collins has more starting experience than Cromartie had in college.

Collins has been compared to Cromartie, which is a fine player to be compared to.

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