NFL rejects Collins' supplemental draft request
CHICAGO - The NFL rejected a request Thursday from LSU football star La'el Collins to be placed in a supplemental draft while police try to question him about a woman's murder in Baton Rouge.
Collins' representatives made the request so they could have time to clear up the connection between the football player and 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was shot and killed this past Friday.
Baton Rouge Police said Mills and Collins used to be in a relationship, and they want to ask him questions about his connection to her. Police said they don't consider Collins a suspect in her death at this time.
The situation has upset Collins' position as a possible first-round draft pick. Police said they agreed to talk to Collins once the draft is over, but the uncertainty could cause NFL teams to reconsider drafting Collins until the matter is cleared up.
The NFL's decision means Collins must be considered in the next three days of this year's draft, or he could sign a free agent deal. Supplemental drafts are typically used for underclassmen who are not eligible for the NFL Draft.