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5 things you need to know about Safety Landon Collins

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Tennessee traded the first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall) to Big Blue for its 40th, 108th and 245th picks. With the move up, the Giants selected Alabama safety Landon Collins.

It is the Giants' first draft-day trade since they  moved up in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft to acquire quarterback Ryan Nassib, swapping their selections in the fourth (No. 116) and sixth (No. 187) rounds to Arizona for the 110th overall pick.

Below is the scouting report on the newest member of the Giants:


Strengths:Thick safety with a no-nonsense demeanor typical of a Nick Saban-coached player. Decisive against the run. Gets high to low quickly and is all over the ball. Leverages running backs to sideline and keeps contain. A true sheriff against the run. Tracks and stalks ball carriers with patience. Hits the gas and explodes into his tackles with purpose. Feet are under him and balanced when ready to strike. Aggressive and tough with a desire to intimidate. Disciplined eyes -- is not easily moved around field by quarterbacks. Wrap-up tackler. Physical enough to match up against tight ends and has the feet to carry big, slot targets. Transitions to throws quickly in zone coverage and limits yards after catch. Finds and tracks ball and times his leaps well. Aggressive in playing the ball and disrupts the catch with his physicality. Core special-teams player.

NFL comparison:Johnathan Cyprien

Bottom line:Collins is a tempo-setter who can energize a defense with his downhill, aggressive style. He is at his best when he can attack rather than sit back in coverage and process. Collins' tackling, pursuit angles and speed to the sideline can help a defense shut down rushing attacks, but his inconsistencies in coverage will be tested by NFL offenses.


Collins played 41 career games, including starting the last 23. As a junior in 2014, he was a unanimous first-team All-American, first-team All-SEC, and a finalist for the Nagurski Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award.


Height: 6'0"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Arm length: 31 ½"
Hands: 9 3/8"

40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds (combine)

Vertical jump: 35" (combine)

Broad jump: 120" (combine)

3-cone drill: 7.38 seconds (combine)

20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds (combine)

60-yard shuttle: 11.94 seconds (combine)

Bench press: 16 reps of 225 pounds (pro day)


Collins played both safety spots and started three games at dime back during three seasons at Alabama. As a sophomore, he was an integral part of the Alabama secondary and a special teams stalwart throughout the season.

He started six games at strong safety and three at dime back, going on to be named second team All-SEC by the Associated Press. Collins came off the bench as a freshman and recorded 17 tackles and a blocked punt. He made three solo tackles in a commanding 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.

Photos of Alabama Safety Landon Collins


ollins was one of the top players in the nation and a key piece in the 2012 Alabama recruiting class.

A consensus five-star prospect and the No. 1 safety in the nation by ESPNU and out of the state of Louisiana, Collins was a Parade All-American USA Today High School All-American at Dutchtown High School.

He starred in the Under Armour All-America Game, recording an interception and keying a goal-line stand.

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