Collins off the field might give some people some concern. He went undrafted out of college even though he likely had first-round talent after being part of a murder investigation of an ex-girlfriend in 2015. Collins was never a suspect, however. Collins did, however, get suspended for bribing an NFL drug-test collector in 2021 and missed five games. The last part doesn’t really make Collins a bad human but maybe a poor decision-maker.
On the field, however. Collins is one of the best run-blocking right tackles in the NFL. Per Pro Football Focus, Collins had the third-best run-blocking grade (89.7) in 2021 among all tackles. Collins missed 2020 with a hip injury but is over that issue now. In 2019, Collins’ run-blocking grade was 89.4.
If Seattle does get back to running the ball more in 2022 and beyond, Collins would be an important piece of any future success. A right side of the line that would include right guard Gabe Jackson and right tackle Collins would create massive holes for players like Chris Carson to run through.
Collins also is good overall and gave up just 2 sacks in each of 2019 and 2021. If Seattle can sign a good left tackle and also add Collins, whoever Seattle’s quarterback is going forward would have time to throw and make wise decisions.