The New York Giants selected Alabama safety Landon Collins with the first pick in the second round of the 2015 draft. Collins played three years at the University of Alabama. He contributed as one of the best special team’s player his freshman season and became a starting safety for the remainder of his collegiate career. He had a tremendous junior season that ended in All-American honors, which made him realize it was time to jump the NFL level. He was projected as a sure first round player so he did slip a little bit in the draft, but ended up in a good position. Collins had 98 tackles and 3 interceptions in his final season at Alabama. He is listed as a strong safety but was able to play both safety positions in college. He is known for being a tenacious defender and a smart football player as many Nick Saban coached players are. He possess’ solid speed for a safety but his upside comes in the run game. Collins is a hard hitting safety who loves to play the run. He reads the offense well and rarely misses a tackle. These traits also made him a very good special team’s player. Collins has enough speed to run with most receivers and tight ends but pass coverage is not his specialty.
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He can get lost in coverage sometimes and does not have the best hands in the world. He is a safety who comes in the form of a linebacker. He is one of the few players who might actually have too much muscle which does not allow him to move fluidly in the passing game. Overall, Collins is a quality safety and worthy of a high draft pick. He plays hard and will rack up a large amount of tackles, even in the NFL game. The New York Giants have had many injuries in their secondary over the past few seasons and Collins may be able to start right away. He is best when he is paired with another safety who thrives in the passing game so he can mostly focus on making plays all over the field. He is an intelligent player who should not have any trouble picking up NFL schemes immediately. He does strike as a player who may be well into his development. He may not be the typical young player who shows great improvement over time, but he is already a very solid player.
If he can improve in the passing game a bit he will be a very dynamic player in the NFL. Collins is 6’ tall and weighs around 230 pounds. He may want to consider shedding a few pounds to keep up with the speed of NFL wide receivers.
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