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2021 NFL Draft: Michigan WR Nico Collins selected by Houston Texans

Collins is bringing his jump ball ability to the Texans.

Michigan v Ohio State Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Houston selected Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Nico Collins with the No. 89 overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday evening.

Collins was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree during his Michigan career, appearing in 29 games with 22 starts. He caught 78 passes for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons in Ann Arbor. He opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID concerns and to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Collins was criminally underused at Michigan, but tested extremely well this offseason and cemented his status as a day two pick.

Here is a snippet of our pre-draft scouting report.

Scouting Report:

Collins had a productive career at Michigan and was a reliable option in the passing game along with being U-M’s best deep threat. However, he’s still raw, which will put him towards the tail end of the second round at the earliest. All it takes is Collins having one team who loves his potential and decides to draft him sooner than later. Mel Kiper noted that he likes Collins’ “power-forward mentality”, and that’s spot on. Collins is ready to use his muscle, his leverage, and willing to take a hit. Collins toughness and size should give him an extended look in the NFL.

The first round of the draft was held on Thursday night with the second and third rounds set for Friday. The event will conclude from Cleveland, Ohio with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday.