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finished second on the team with 77 tackles and he also registered a team-leading
six sacks." -- USA Today
"He looked terrific in drills and most scouts now feel Collins can play either
defensive tackle in a conventional system or the end position in a 3-4 alignment."
"Strong, powerful tackle who clogs the middle and gets a lot of push up the field."
"He looks like an intriguing interior pass rusher who can create havoc and get up
the field on third downs." -- National Football Post
"The first team All-ACC defensive tackle recorded 77 tackles, 10 ½ tackles for
loss, and six sacks last season. Collins has remarkable athleticism, as he was
asked to play as a five technique in Al Groh's 3-4 defense. Collins appears to just
be grasping the game, which may explain his success as a senior. Collins will
probably be a 4-3 defensive tackle, but don't be surprised if a team capitalizes on
his experience and knowledge as a 3-4 defensive end." -- DraftNasty.com
"Nate Collins has been a unicorn." -- Rick "Doc" Walker
"Collins proved to be a very effective clog in the middle of the line...his quickness
and versatility that make him an intriguing option." -- FFToolbox.com
"Collins came on during a big senior season for the Cavaliers and finished second
on the team with 77 tackles, a remarkable feat for someone at his position." --
"Collins was one of the hardest workers of the week and played with a great motor
every day. He's another solid athlete who displayed a lot of talent." -- Sports
"After a solid showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Virginia defensive tackle
Nate Collins is starting to gain some momentum." -- NationalFootballPost.com
"Plays with great leverage and strength." -- MileHighReport.com
& Low-Heywood Thomas HS ... played defensive end, fullback, tailback, tight end,
wide receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker and quarterback at times ... had an
interesting senior season, earning Boston Globe all-league honors … primarily a
defensive end, but played four games at quarterback due to the team's injuries ...
also saw time at running back ... finished with 86 tackles and 10 quarterback
sacks ... rushed 66 times for 676 yards and 10 touchdowns, and completed 13 of
40 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns ... caught 18 passes for 202 yards
and eight touchdowns ... made more than 50 tackles, including 11 quarterback
sacks during his junior campaign to earn all-New England honors ... also played
basketball and baseball … full name is Nathaniel Allen Collins ... born 12-14-87 in
White Plains, N.Y. ... son of Rosalind and Allen Collins ... has an older sister Alisha
... father played basketball at Alaska-Anchorage (1979-80) ... sister played
basketball at Stonehill College in Massachusetts where she earned ECAC Division
II Player of the Year, WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors, and Northeast-
10 Conference Player of the Year accolades … psychology major. (from www.
Weight: 290 lbs.
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5"
Broad jump: 8'10"
Solo Tackles: 44
Assisted Tackles: 33
Tackles for Loss: 10.5
QB Sacks: 6
Fumble Recoveries: 1
Passes Broken Up: 1
Virginia's Defense Comes Up Big -
Back at Tackle, Collins Shines -- Daily
Atlantic Coast Conference Announces ACC
Football Players of the Week - TheACC.com
Working Out the Details: Nate the Great --
Q&A with Nate Collins -- NFL Draft Bible
Virginia DT Nate Collins Gaining Interest --
Nate Collins: Man vs. Wild -- HoosFootball.
Bears Bringing in Virginia DT Collins for
Visit -- Chicago Tribune
Cavs' Draft Hopefuls Strut Their Stuff -- The
Virginia's NFL Hopefuls Work Out for Scouts
-- USA Today
All-Combine Snub Team --