Collins-Draft-bio

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TRANSACTION
Defensive Back Jalen Collins (6’1”, 203 pounds) was selected by the Falcons in the 2nd Round (42nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

OVERVIEW
Three-year letterwinner for the Tigers from 2012-14…Opted to forgo final season of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft…Played in 39 games with 10 starts during his three years with the Tigers…Best season came in 2014 when he started seven games and posted 38 tackles and a team-best nine pass breakups … Finished career with 90 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions…Key component of LSU defense that led the SEC in total defense (316.8 ypg) and pass defense (164.2 ypg).

2014
Played in all 13 games, starting seven times…Had his best year at LSU with 38 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception…Started first three games and last four contests at cornerback…Tied career-high with six tackles in season-opening win over Wisconsin…Had six tackles and a pass breakup in overtime loss to Alabama…Set career-mark with three pass breakups in win over Ole Miss…Had two tackles, one tackle for a 3-yard loss, two pass breakups and a fourth quarter interception in road win over Texas A&M…Had five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.

2013
Played in all 13 game with two starts…Starts came in wins over TCU and UAB to start the year … Registered 22 tackles and broke up a pair of passes…Had five tackles in win over Kent State and four against Georgia and Texas A&M…Pass breakups came against TCU and Kent State.

2012
Appeared in 13 games with one start…Started in road win over Texas A&M…Registered 30 tackles, six pass breakups and a pair of interceptions…Ranked third on team in pass breakups…Didn’t disappoint in his only start of season against Texas A&M as he responded with tackles, one pass breakup and an interception the 24-19 win over the Aggies…Intercepted other pass in win over Ole Miss…Had two pass breakups vs. Idaho and Mississippi State…Added a career-high six tackles in win over Mississippi State…His two pass breakups vs. Idaho resulted in balls that were intercepted by safety Ronald Martin.

2011
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2011.

2010
Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL
A blue chip defensive back from the state of Mississippi … ESPN.com recruiting services said he as a high upside with great height, range and skills to play cornerback at the college level … Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and a 3-star by Scout.com and ESPN.com … A member of Rivals.com Top 250 … Rated the No. 249 prospect nationally and as the No. 22 cornerback by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 85 in the Press-Register Super Southeast120 … Named to the Mississippi 6A First Team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Named to the first team All-State by the Clarion Ledger … Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic … Recorded 45 tackles, three interceptions and two blocked field goals his senior season … Coached by Scott Samsel.

PERSONAL
Full name is Jalen Carnell Collins … Parents are Valencia Collins and Jon Wallace … Born March 20, 1993, in Kansas City, Mo. … Has three siblings – Maurice, Brandon, and Jamil…Majoring in sports administration.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 6, three times (Last: vs. Alabama, 2014; First: vs. Mississippi State, 2012)
PBUs: 3 vs. Ole Miss, 2014
Interceptions: 1, three times (Last: at Texas A&M, 2014; First: at Texas A&M, 2012)