MOBILE, AL (WAFB) - LSU standout offensive tackle La'el Collins is among the players hoping to impress scouts at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week.
Many kids wait in lines for autographs from their favorite professional football player and dream of one day making it to the NFL. Most won't make it, but for a select few, especially the college football players in Mobile this week, that dream can become a reality.
Practices ended Thursday, as some of the best college football players across the land, got in those last few workouts before the game. It is the week they can set themselves up to become millionaires or possibly never strap on a helmet again.
Collins hopes he has done what he needed to do in order to get one step closer of reaching his dream of playing in the NFL.
"That's just more motivation," Collins said. "All of these people out here looking at you and want to see your abilities, want you to put everything out there for them to see. That's what they're here for, so you have to give them a show. So, today was a good day and tomorrow is going to be a better day."
Now that his Saturday night games in Death Valley are over, he looks to putting on the pads for Sunday NFL contests and dreams of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Scouts currently have 6'5" former Redemptorist star being selected near the middle of the first round of the NFL draft. However, Collins is concentrating on getting better.
"No, I really don't care what I hear. Whomever is going to give me the opportunity is going to give me the opportunity to come in and be an impact on their team. So, right now I'm just trying to get better as a football player. We have great NFL coaches out here and I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity," Collins added.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was on hand for practice and after watching Collins battle the Crimson Tide's defensive ends, he had nothing but praise for big No. 70.
"I think he'll be a great player," Saban said. "We tried to recruit him in high school and though he would be a great player and he certainly hasn't disappointed in terms of how he's developed and what he's been able to do and I think he was a fantastic player for them this year."
The hearts of the college football players in Mobile must be pumping due to the pressure to perform well on every drill, with every second of Senior Bowl practice being crucial.
However, Collins is keeping it light-hearted. He even gave an impression of new LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
The game will be televised on NFL Network.