With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Landon Collins
Weight: 222 Pounds
College: University of Alabama
2015 Stats: 102 Tackles, 4.5 Tackles for Loss, 7 Pass Breakups, 3 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Forced Fumble
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Landon Collins’ pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Collins.
Pros: Collins is an extremely physical safety who has unbelievable instincts and is very intelligent and disciplined. He is phenomenal in run support and has great fundamental tackling ability, while also having the ability to lay the wood. He is very quick and has a knack for making splash plays. He is more than capable of playing deep zone coverage due to his instincts. He has great hands for a secondary player and rarely drops interceptions. He projects best as an elite in the box strong safety. He also is a phenomenal and willing special teams player. He should be able to play from day one.
Cons: He does not have elite size and is not the rangiest of safety’s. He is not a safety you can put man to man on a slot receiver and expect good things to happen. He cannot play a free safety role effectively.
Our Take: I believe that Collins is one of the elite safety prospects to come into the NFL in the past few years. He is better, in my opinion, that his former teammates Mark Barron and HaHa Clinton-Dix and should be a top ten draft pick. He can come in and play as an 8th man in the box as well as contribute on special teams. His strength and versatility will make him a defensive coordinators best friend and an offensive coordinators nightmare.
Final Grade: 94 Out of 100
Collins grades out as one of the elite players in this draft class and a rare level of safety prospect. He has all of the tools to be the next great strong safety in the NFL as well as a dominate force on special teams.
Possible Draft Spots: I could see Collins going as high as number five to the Redskins but anywhere in the range of five to 16. Some teams that I think could take him in that range are the Falcons at eight, the Giants at nine, the Saints at 13, the Niners at 15, or the Texans at 16.
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