UPDATE: LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins met with the New York Giants on Thursday, one day before the LSU Pro Day, according to a report for Walter Football from draft insider Tony Pauline.
That certainly puts a different light on all the information below from Friday's Pro Day, and perhaps on the thinking about what the Giants will do with the No. 9 pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.
As anticipated, the New York Giants are in attendance at Friday's LSU Pro Day. Giants' general manager Jerry Reese is among those in attendance.
Other notables at #LSUProDay: #Giants GM Jerry Reese, #Saints DC Rob Ryan. #Raiders scout Calvin Branch on hand as well.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 27, 2015
The main attraction is, of course, offensive tackle La'el Collins. Considered a potential top 10 pick, Collins seems likely to be in consideration for the Giants with the ninth overall pick should he still be on the board. Most analysts think Collins could slide in at right tackle, meaning the Giants could move Justin Pugh inside to guard.
Collins, interestingly enough, came in at 320 pounds at the Pro Day, 15 pounds heavier than he was at the Combine. His arm and hand measurements (34 inches, 10.5 inches) were also more than at the Combine (33.25 inches, 10.375 inches). Here is a quick look at Collins during the workout:
I wonder if this tidbit tells you anything about the Giants' level of interest in Collins:
#Giants OL asst Lunda Wells takes over for #Browns in handling @70LaelCollins position drills. #LSUProDay— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 27, 2015
There are several other LSU players who could also draw interest from the Giants.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter is a player expected to be selected on Day 2 of the draft. Cornerback Jalen Collins is a a player some think will come off the board late in the first round or in the second round. Outside linebacker Kwon Alexander is a mid-round possibility some think fits the Giants. Running back Terrence McGee might be an intriguing Day 3 pick.
Danielle Hunter hit those dummies really hard. #LSUProDay pic.twitter.com/aTcYO7JSeM— David James Gray (@dgray_TDR) March 27, 2015
We will update with results and more info from the Pro Day when it becomes available. LSUsports.net is compiling all of the results.
Top prospects La'El Collins and Jalen Collins both elected to stand on their workout numbers from the combine. Jalen Collins in particular did not work out at all due what has been reported as a minor foot surgery. Teams were notified earlier in the week, and didn't expect a workout.
Teams are also reportedly telling La'El Collins that he is a left tackle.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter weighed in at 6-foot-5, 251 pounds and stood on his combine 40 time of 4.57 and 25 reps on the bench press. He did, however, do the vertical jump (36.5 inches), broad jump (10-5), 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds), and short shuttle (4.31 seconds). All of which point to impressive explosiveness and agility.
Also, he is still apparently "Body Beautiful," as Mike Mayock is fond of saying:
Danielle Hunter on what pro teams have told him: "My physique is awesome." #LSUProDay— David James Gray (@dgray_TDR) March 27, 2015
Safety Ronald Martin, who could draw interest as a Day-3 selection, performed well with a 10-1 broad jump and 4.61 second 40-yard dash.