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Nico Collins would be ideal developmental ‘X’ receiver for Chiefs

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.

There is still a need at the wide receiver position for the Chiefs — and limited options to improve the room in free agency long term. Today we take a look at a pass-catcher with an excellent athletic profile that could develop into a quality X receiver.

Nico Collins, wide receiver

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Rutgers at Michigan

6’4” | 215 lbs | Michigan

Birmingham, AL

Expected draft range: Day two

Pro Day: 4.45 40-yard dash, vertical 37.5” jump, 125” broad jump, 4.32 short shuttle, 6.71 three-cone

One-sentence bio: Participated in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl after sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID.

One-sentence scouting report: Big, athletically gifted wide receiver with the ability to win in the air at the catch point.

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How he fits in Kansas City: An investment in Collins would be a swing on a big talent. He boasts a rare physical profile position with top-shelf speed and explosion. He’s a player that will operate well on the line of scrimmage — comfortably being able to work through press. Collins should be able to have success outside the numbers early as an above-the-rim player — outmuscling and out-jumping cornerbacks.

While his odds are better than half on those 50-50 balls, he still has a long way to go in his development. The route tree is incomplete and needs to build further off the vertical plane. Continued growth could make him a serious problem as a third option in an offense with a lot of dynamic pieces already. Before Andy Reid can tap into the rare ability Collins possesses, he’ll have to have trust in his ability to functionally operate the offense. The upside is scary if he can realize his potential and gain the confidence of the coaching staff.

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