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La'el Collins pursuit sees AFC East team make use of smart tactic

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La'el Collins has had a roller coaster past few days. The former LSU Tiger was predicted to be a first round pick ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft before ultimately slipping off draft boards across the league when it emerged he would face questioning from police over the death of a 29-year-old woman and her baby.

Despite not being seen as a suspect by Baton Rouge, La. authorities, Collins' draft stock dwindled to nothing when it was confirmed he wouldn't meet police until after the Chicago event was completed.

Selling point

With the crucial meeting out the way it now looks like virtually all 32 of the teams are showing an interesting in signing him up - investigation pending - as an undrafted free agent. One AFC East team though may have leapt ahead in that race thanks to a unique selling tactic.

With news that Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan made the trip down to Louisiana to meet with Collins himself on Monday evening it appears the Miami Dolphins are doing their best to one-up their AFC East rivals.

Shared history

That contingent is likely to be made up of the two former LSU players currently on the Miami Dolphins roster; wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. And, whilst there are over 40 other LSU players currently plying their trade across the NFL, the Dolphins duo have one key advantage.

Like Landry and Johnson, La'el Collins joined LSU in 2011 and clearly the Miami Dolphins feel that their shared history can help convince the highly talented offensive tackle to pick the Florida franchise ahead of what is expected to be a long list of offers.

Miami chances

The move is a smart one but some Miami fans have already questioned the team's decision to send head coach Joe Philbin to lead to sales pitch rather than Mike Tannenbaum, Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Indeed, Tannenbaum also has a link to Collins. The former used to be a partner in Priority Sports - the company that represented the headline grabbing OT.

What do you think NFL fans: Where will La'el Collins end up playing in 2015? Make your prediction in the comments below...

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