The Michigan Wolverines have a history of churning out top notch wide receiver talent, and Nico Collins is the latest in a long line of pass catchers eyeing a career in the National Football League.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh convinced Collins to commit over other potential suitors including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, and Florida State Seminoles among other top programs back in February 2017, and Collins lived up to the hype during his time in Ann Arbor.
Collins sat out the 2020 COVID-shortened season to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft, and recently revealed he seriously thought about coming back to play for Michigan, before deciding he was already too far into the process to make a U-turn.
Nico Collins wanted to return to Michigan after initially opting out, but couldn't.
"I accepted a marketing advance from my agent," he said. "I was too far down the line." pic.twitter.com/c0S2aMB7VH
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) March 25, 2021
This past Friday, the Wolverines hosted a crew of NFL scouts for their Pro Day at the Glick Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor, and Collins was among those making the most of his opportunity.
Nico Collins Shows Off Blistering Speed with 4.43 40-Yard Dash
With his impressive 6-foot-4, 215 pound frame, Collins isn’t necessarily known as a speed merchant on the outside, although he has been quite effective on deep routes due to his surprising speed.
Collins ran a 4.43 40-yard dash on Saturday, showcasing his ability to get deep on routes.
The Pinson, Alabama product also showed off impressive agility running a 6.71 time in the 3-cone drill on Saturday.
The Detroit Lions are among the teams that have met with Collins thus far, and he has long been seen as a top 100 level prospect in next month’s 2021 NFL Draft.
According to Michigan Insider, there is strong momentum that Collins could land in the first or second round, especially in light of his blistering 40 time at the Pro Day.
“Some teams may still raise their eyebrows at Collins opting out of the 2020 season, but it seems more likely that teams will take a long look at Collins in the 20-50 range of picks,” they wrote recently.
The last Wolverines wide receiver taken in the first round was Braylon Edwards in 2005, and only eight receivers in the program’s history have been taken in the first two rounds, the last of which was Devin Funchess, a former tight end, in 2015.
Needless to say, Collins’ Draft Day could be historic for fans of the Maize and Blue.