Update - 9:47 PM: Collins has reportedly still not contacted police and has no meeting set up with them. Mike Florio of PFT has a great take on this and you can check it out here.
LSU offensive lineman La'El Collins is reportedly leaving Chicago to head to Louisiana and meet with authorities regarding the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend according to Ian Rapoport on Twitter.
Even though he is not considered a suspect at this time, the timing of the matter has to be hurting his image in the eyes of NFL teams. With the recent influx of domestic abuse in the NFL as well as how the NFL has begun handling the issues, NFL teams could have lightly soured on the expected first round pick.
Collins' attorney, Jim Boren, told ESPN that he has been in contact with the police while Collins has been in Chicago preparing for Thursday's NFL Draft. Boren even seemed to admit that the timing of the police's interest couldnt have come at a worse time.
"We took the investigation seriously," Boren said. "We've tried to rule him out as a suspect. We're going to provide that information to the police, and ultimately, (Collins) will sit down and talk to them. But the timing is poor."
While the Ravens have little interest in offensive line in this year's draft, any slight push downwards for Collins could mean that teams ahead of the Ravens will select a player that the Ravens have rated higher and is more of a need. Collins had been expected to be selected only a few picks ahead of the Ravens' 26th overall pick. With a few of the teams ahead of the Ravens also having needs at corner, pass rusher and wide receiver; it could cause the Ravens to either have to jump ahead of those teams or to fall back to another player.
The staff here at Baltimore Beatdown wish the families involved all the best and will keep them in our thoughts.