NY Giants Rush Spotlight: Safety Landon Collins
by Michael Stewart | Featured Columnist
Landon Collins is now the newest member of the New York Giants. GM Jerry Reese uncharacteristically traded down in round 2 (surrendering their 40th pick, a 4th and 7th) and moved down 7 spots (33rd) for the services of arguably one of the best safeties in the 2015 draft.
The 6’0/210 pounder was one of the defensive leaders for Alabama and his ability to play close to the line gave the Tide an extra lethal weapon. Despite his achievements there are still some noticeable concerns at the NFL level. Below I have compiled a list of Pro’s and Con’s.
- Good Speed: 4.43/Athleticism
- Plays against the run well
- Outstanding tackler
- Excellent in zone coverage
- High Football IQ
- Great leadership
- High Work ethic
- Minimal man to man coverage skills
- Surrenders big plays at times
- Overmatched against slot receivers with speed
- Can only excel as a strong safety (in the box).
Collins pros far exceed his cons and he has the ability to be really successful in the NFL. Giant’s defense coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will utilize Collins to fit his strengths; which is very similar to how he used James Butler in 2007/2008.
Whenever you get a potential 1st round prospect in the 2nd round; it’s a major plus. The Giants 2014 defense was ranked near the bottom of the league and lacked playmakers. Landon Collins is a playmaker and will start as a rookie.
GM Jerry Reese made a bold move that will help change the face of the Giants defense in 2015. It won’t take long for the Giants fans to embrace Collins and forget about the departed Antrel Rolle without missing a beat.