BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - "The Draft has always been buyer beware."
That's the word from the NFL on LSU's La'el Collins. The talented offensive guard was projected to go tonight in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but his stock may be falling after Baton Rouge police called him in for questioning in the murder of a pregnant woman.
Now, Collins' agent is trying to have his client removed from the draft and transferred to the NFL's supplemental draft out of fear that his interview with police could cost him major money.
According to the NFL, this is the first time the a player has tried to withdraw from the NFL Draft on the day of. "There is no precedent or procedure for (this) under the rules," said a statement from the NFL. "Once player is eligible for draft, there is no procedure in the rules for removal."
The NFL said that Collins' request was made late today, and approving it would require action from the league as well as the NFL Players Association. A representative with the NFL said that draft rules were "agreed upon with union" and "specifically provide that draft cannot be bypassed for (the supplemental) draft."
The NFL removing Collins' from the draft "would in effect amend the CBA, it would also need approval from the Management Council Executive Committee," according to a representative from the NFL.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said it will not interview former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins about the murder of 29-year-old Brittney Mills until after the NFL draft. Police continue to say Collins is not a suspect.
Mills was eight-months pregnant when she was gunned down at her apartment. Her baby survived the attack. Police said the baby is still in medical care.
Investigators said they believe Collins and Mills had a romantic relationship at one time and that he is only wanted for questioning. He is not a suspect in the case.