On Thursday the Cowboys signed undrafted rookie tackle La'el Collins out of LSU. They got the talented lineman at a bargain rate, and some are wondering if the Redskins should have tried for Collins. Obviously the backstory with Collins is important - he was questioned but never a suspect in the murder of his former girlfriend and her infant child - but by all accounts he has been cleared of any wrongdoing. And now Dallas got a first round talent at a very discounted price (3 years, $1.65 million fully guaranteed).
The question for Redskins fans is if GM Scot McCloughan should have made a run for Collins.
Throughout the offseason McCloughan's charge for the 'Skins was to get bigger, tougher, stronger. Collins goes 6'4", 305 lbs, and was named the best offensive lineman in the SEC last season. He's big and tough. Offensive line is clearly an area of need for Washington, as McCloughan spent the No. 5 overall pick on Brandon Scherff to help, but the 'Skins could definitely use more up front.
If Collins had never been questioned in the murders of his former girlfriend, he likely would have been a first round pick. In fact, pre-draft speculation had the Redskins looking to move down, perhaps for a chance at a player like Collins later in the first round. Considering all of this, maybe McCloughan should have offered an undrafted deal? In remarks Thursday, Collins said that Dallas was the only place he wanted to be. True or not, maybe McCloughan inquired with the former LSU product, and was rebuffed.
Collins may not start right away in Dallas, but only because the Cowboys already have one of the best offensive lines in football. He likely would have made an immediate impact in Washington. Should McCloughan have made a push for Collins? Did he? How good does this make Dallas? Let us know what you think in the comments.