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Jalen Collins Steroid Cycle

Jalen Collins is a free agent former NFL player who is a perfect illustration of someone with incredible talent, yet ruined their career, by repeatedly failing performance enhancement and substance drug tests. Collins officially played for the Atlanta Falcons for 3 years, making 48 tackles, 10 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions. His roller-coaster career had him going from the bottom of the depth chart to suspended, to starting and then suspended multiple times again. His playing stats were 6'1" and 203 pounds.

Jalen Collins


High school career

Collins played football and ran track during his high school career. During his senior season, he had 45 tackles, 3 picks, and blocked 2 kicks. This earned him an invite to play at the All-Star Classic football game which was attended by college scouts and he was considered a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com, ranking in the top 25 in the country at his position. Football powerhouse LSU (Louisiana State University) offered him a scholarship.

His track career was also impressive. He was a hurdler logging a 14.68 second 110M time and a 40.09 second 300M hurdle time.

College career and pot use

Collins career started slowly as they redshirted him his first year (meaning he could not play initially but could get an extra year of eligibility). The next season he had 2 picks and 8 pass breakups. In 2013, he started 2 games and played in all 13, logging 22 tackles. His final season in college he had 33 tackles, 1 pick, and 9 pass breakups. He decided he was ready to move on to the NFL and declared for the draft.

The downside of his college career was multiple marijuana failed tests which did not help his reputation.

NFL career

Collins was considered a player with a great future playing cornerback in the NFL, and some scouts felt he had 1st round talent. Some analysts ranked him as high as the 2nd best at his position going into the draft, however, his drug history would cause some teams to shy away.

Jalen Collins nfl

He ran a 4.48 40 yard dash and 4.27 20 yard split at the NFL combine. He also had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10ft 4" broad jump.

Rookie season

At the 2015 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons drafted Collins in the 2nd round (42nd pick), which made him the 5th player chosen at his position. He signed a 4 year 5.5M contract and joined a talented group of corners on the team. His rookie year he would start out being the 4th cornerback on the depth chart but by week 7 he made his first start, and he finished the season with 18 tackles with 2 total starts.

2nd season

Collins was the #3 cornerback going into the season, but disaster struck when the league suspended him for 4 games for a substance abuse violation. He came back and by week 9 he was starting vs. the Eagles. In that game he had 6 tackles, then followed that up with 6 more tackles and 3 pass deflections vs. the Cardinals. His first interception came against Cam Newton and the Panthers in an important divisional victory. Against Drew Brees and the Saints, he had a monster game recording 1 interception, 3 pass deflections, and 5 solo tackles. By now Collins was considered a rising player in the NFL and many thought in a year or two he would be one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league. His stellar play late in the season propelled the Falcons to an 11-5 record. He finished the season with 31 tackles, 10 pass deflections, 2 picks, all in just 8 games.

During the playoffs, he helped his team make it all the way to the Super Bowl. He made a huge play vs. the Packers causing a fumble and recovering it during the NFC Championship game. In the Super Bowl, Collins received national attention by having a whopping 11 tackles vs. the Patriots as the Falcons fell just short in overtime.

Here are some highlights of his magical season:

3rd season

Collins was projected not just to be a starter for the Falcons, but also be a pro bowl player on a very exciting defense. Unfortunately, the league announced that he would be suspended 10 games for again violating NFL policy of PED's. The Falcons decided they were finished with him and released him following his suspension. He was suspended for a 3rd time later that year.

Jalen Collins body

4th season

During the spring of 2018, Collins was suspended for the 4th time for 10 more games.

Suspensions

The NFL did not elaborate but it appears two of his suspensions were drug-related the other 2 were PED related. If Collins were to get another opportunity with a team and fail either test, he would now be looking at a full 2-year suspension. Due to this risk, it is not likely a team will give him another chance unless they were very desperate for a player.

Collins issued a statement following his 2nd suspension saying "I let everyone down, including myself" and "Just ready to move forward."

After his 4th suspension, his tone had changed a bit declaring on Twitter "To all y'all out there! Believers or NOT! I will be back"

The NFL started a new season 2 weeks ago and as of now no team has signaled they will be giving him a chance, but with injuries and desperation, things could change. Collins is certainly quite a talent WHEN he has his head on straight.

Steroid speculation

To play cornerback you must be agile, fast, and be able to jump to knock away passes. You must also be able to recover quickly from soreness and have fresh legs over the course of the year. We can speculate this was what he may have used:

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*DISCLAIMER: The cycle above is our opinion on what Jalen Collins could have used, this is for information and entertainment purposes only. There is no direct evidence that Jalen Collins used steroids or any other drugs. This article is our freedom of speech.

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