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Thursday Round-Up: LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins brings confidence to 2015 NFL Combine

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Feb. 19 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

La'el Collins Brings Confidence To NFL Combine

LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins has meetings with 22 different teams set up this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.

He's one of the top offensive linemen entering this year's draft and could become the first LSU Tiger at his position to be taken in the first round in the past 17 years.

At 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, he specialized at the left tackle spot the past two seasons. But Collins noted he's fully capable of stepping in at guard or tackle on either side of the line. He said his confidence has him ready for whatever challenges a jump to the pros might pose.

"A lot of teams told me that I'm their favorite offensive lineman," Collins said during a Wednesday press conference inside Lucas Oil Stadium. "A lot of teams asked me if I could slide to the right side and in two years maybe come over to the left, or could I come in right now and play left.

"I feel very confident in what I do, so for me it wouldn't be a problem."

Collins started playing football in the third grade, but most of his action came on the defensive side of the football. He didn't make the switch to offensive line until his prep career at Redemptorist in Baton Rouge, La.

"When I started playing football I started playing defense more than offense," he said. "I kind of made the transition to playing offense in high school. I've always had the mentality of a defensive lineman, of a defensive guy. I was able to bring that over on the offensive side, but also bring the intelligence over as well to be able to play the offensive line position.

"For me, just being able to go out there with a mentality to really get after it is something that I feel I bring to the table."

John Schneider On Deck

Seahawks general manager John Schneider is scheduled to meet with the media at 8 a.m. PT today from Indianapolis. We'll recap Schneider's session and make the full video available for your viewing pleasure right here on as soon as we can.

Expect the Seattle GM to discuss the team's unfortunate outcome in Super Bowl XLIX, how the club evaluates talent at the NFL Combine, draft needs, free agency, and more.

Head coach Pete Carroll will hold his combine press conference at 12 p.m. PT on Friday, Feb. 20. We'll also recap that session and have video available as soon as we can right here at

Tweet of the Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @PeteCarroll, who offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the fan mail he's received from 12s since the end of the 2014 season.

More From Around The Web

Here at, I share six things we learned from Wednesday at the NFL Combine that saw NFC West rival GMs meet with the media.

University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, one of the top players at his position in this year's draft, had an interesting story to tell at the combine yesterday.

Clare Farnsworth rehashes the scenario that almost saw the Washington Redskins nab Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Robert Klemko at features the most important part of the NFL Combine - the players' individual interviews with teams.

Terry Blount at pinpoints three running backs the Seahawks could target in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Seahawks radio personality Jen Mueller shares three job interview lessons from the NFL Combine.

And Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune details the Tennessee Titans' decision to move on from former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

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