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Versatile Aviante Collins looking for somewhere to fit in the NFL

Aviante Collins on his favorite memories at TCU

TCU offensive lineman Aviante Collins picked victories over Ole Miss and Oregon as his favorite memories in college.
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TCU offensive lineman Aviante Collins picked victories over Ole Miss and Oregon as his favorite memories in college.

Aviante Collins’ versatility should serve him well in the NFL. While at TCU, Collins played every position except center and made 23 starts at right tackle and four at left tackle.

Collins, a long snapper in high school, even plans on taking some snaps at the Horned Frogs’ Pro Day on April 7.

“That’s one thing I will say is very, very beneficial about me is I’m very versatile,” said Collins, who is training at EXOS in Frisco. “I can play both right and left tackle. It happened throughout the season. Our left tackle got hurt, suffered an injury in a game, and it’s easy for me to go play left side. In the West Virginia game, our guard got hurt. Our backup guard wasn’t that good at the time, so they said I needed to go play guard. I had no problem playing it. I just think me being able to play anywhere on the field will definitely give me an edge on a lot of people. I’ve been working on snapping. I long snapped in high school. So that’s not a problem for me. I just have to get readjusted to snapping.”

That isn’t the only thing Collins does well. He also runs well, having inherited speed.

His mother, Robin, ran at the University of Houston. His father, Bill, joined the TCU Hall of Fame after winning two Southwest Conference titles in the 100-meter dash and an indoor title in the 60-yard dash. His brother, Lavon, also was a standout sprinter at TCU.

Aviante ran the 100 and threw the shot put and discus in his younger days before outgrowing track. He wants a 4.8 time in the 40-yard dash, believing he can be the fastest among offensive linemen.

“I think one thing I have that a lot of them don’t have is the foot speed,” Collins said. “I’m very, very fast playing tackle or interior. I come from a track background. My whole family is fast. So I use my quickness to help me get the edge.”

Collins measured 6 foot 4, but he weighed only 295 pounds. TCU listed him at 305 last season. He hopes to gain at least 5 pounds before the Horned Frogs’ Pro Day.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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