ESPN’s Herm Edwards is apparently a big Alex Collins fan.
The former NFL player and head coach raved about the former Arkansas tailback, who was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“Best pick for me is the Seattle Seahawks and you think about Alex Collins,” Edwards said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “They get him in the (fifth) round, a running back. Think about Seattle, they want to run the ball downhill, inside the tackles, he is that.”
Collins isn’t the type of tailback who will burn you with his speed, but he’s a bruising back who can soften up a front seven with his hard-nosed style of running. He ran for 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns as the lead back in the Razorbacks offense last season. Edwards believes Collins can be a bulldozer on first and second downs.
“Very explosive, powerful legs, gains yards after contact,” Edwards said. “He’s a power mover. Not a three-down player, but he’s first and second down. He is really good.”
The Seahawks will look to replace retired running back Marshawn Lynch in 2016. Collins could factor into that plan as a rookie.