Who is the last elite offensive linemen LSU signed? Faulk was a sure fire lock to go in at least the 2nd round. Don't fault LSU because of his mistake to declare early.
Collins was the number 1 or 2 tackle in his class, so that should be your measuring stick. If he busts, then you have something to gripe about in terms of development.
Offensive line and QB recruitment have been Les' biggest issues
Eggsactly. Historically La does not produce a lot of elite OL prospects. Now the last couple and next couple of classes seems to be bucking that trend. Saban's 2001 class was probably our best OL class ever (Whitworth, Livings, Niswanger, Wilkerson) but even his last couple of classes were spotty.
Miles early years, talent was thin, if you look at it, they had to convert a couple of DL to OL. That Barksdale was drafted as high as he was is a credit to the coaching.
That said, it is unfortunate that Faulk left and wasn't drafted, but nothing they can do about it. I do think we have been been recruiting better OL (and for that matter QB's) of late. Collins having a big year would be huge.