FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have selected Southern Mississippi defensive end/outside linebacker Jamie Collins with the 52nd overall pick in the draft.
Collins (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) was one of the top combine performers at his position, running 4.64 in the 40-yard dash. In his final season at Southern Mississippi, he totaled 10 sacks, five pass breakups and four forced fumbles in 12 starts.
Analysts say he is an explosive athlete.
The 23-year-old Collins totaled 21 sacks at Southern Mississippi, which is the fifth-best total in school history. He played in 52 games, with 34 starts, and recorded 314 tackles.
Collins' homwtown is McCall Creek, Mississippi.