|by Drew Boylhart SR Staff Writer April 2005||Jerome Collins TE Notre Dame|
Jerome is a very athletic kid with good size, strength and speed for his position. He shows excellent blocking skills in space and has been used in many different positions by his coach for his team. Jerome shows very good upside to his game and versatility, along with mental toughness and coachability. I donít believe this kidís come close to scratching the surface of his talent on a football field.
Needs to Improve
Yes, yes, yes, I know the big question is can he catch a ball? The reports out of the combine were that this is not a problem area. So, what would be his biggest negative then? The fact that he was used at so many positions and really just needs to get repetitions and consistency at just one position. He will take some time, but should be well worth it.
Talent Board Round 3
Here is one of those sleepers hiding in plain sight. Jerome has played so many positions on a football field that Iím surprised he knows when he is supposed to be in the game and at what position. I have seen him at DT one year, then TE the next with a little FB thrown in just to see if he was paying attention. As a DT, he had excellent burst off the line and never stopped working. I donít know why he was shifted to TE, but as far as Iím concerned, after a few games he was an asset to his team. On the second day of this draft, I donít think you can go wrong picking this kid. However, you will have to wait for him to come around to some consistency. He should be excellent on special teams while you wait.