Michigan’s Nico Collins speaks at practice for Citrus Bowl in preparation for Alabama, ‘love’ for Jim Harbaugh, Dec. 28, 2019. Detroit Free Press
Nico Collins has a new home.
The former Michigan football receiver was selected by the Houston Texans in the third round (No. 89 overall) of the NFL draft on Friday.
Collins became the third Wolverine to be drafted this year, joining Kwity Paye and Jalen Mayfield.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound pass-catcher did not play in 2020 after opting out following the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports.
But Collins flashed plenty of potential in 2018 and 2019, using a combination of size and speed to provide big plays for Michigan’s passing game. In 2019, he caught 37 passes for 729 yards and seven touchdowns; in 2018, he caught 38 passes for 632 yards and six touchdowns.
The best game of his career came against Indiana in 2019, when Collins caught six passes for 165 yards and three scores. He also recorded four catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State in 2018.
Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins runs against Ohio State during the first half at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
Collins was commonly projected as a Day 2 pick leading up to the draft. He tested well at Michigan’s pro day, running a 4.43-second hand-timed 40-yard dash while completing the three-cone drill in 6.71 seconds.
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“Outside receiver with excellent size and quality build-up speed to attack the third level,” wrote NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. “Collins shines with his ability to track the deep ball and land the 50-50 catch. His size, hands and competitive nature give him an advantage on contested catches underneath.
“Despite his frame, his struggles to uncover on intermediate routes could bother teams looking for a three-level target. Collins must improve his route acumen to open his catch windows a little wider, but he has the size, field toughness and ball skills to become a future chain-mover as a WR2.”
Collins was a member of Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class. The former four-star recruit was a highly coveted prospect from Alabama who chose the Wolverines over offers from the Southeastern Conference.
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