1. Landon Collins- Safety- Alabama
Size: 6’0 222lbs
2013 Stats: 69 tackles 2 INTs
2014 Stats: 87 tackles 3 INTs

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Strengths:

  • Physical, aggressive safety
  • Great in run defense
  • Good tackler
  • Can match up physically against tight ends
  • Decent ball skills

Analysis: Collins is the consensus #1 safety in the draft.  He has a natural ability reading the run, taking great angles of pursuit to the ball carrier.  When Collins attempts to make a tackle, it is usually successful.  He uses great technique and wraps up well.  When the ball is in the air, Collins has good ball skills that allow him to make plays on the ball.  He can immediately step in and help any defense in the NFL.

Need to Improve: 

  • Drops INTs- not good hands
  • Cover skills- questionable
  • Speed- will be beaten by fast WRs
  • Gets caught by play-action
  • May need to lose weight

Analysis: Collins is a force to be reckoned with against the run, but he can be beaten with the pass.  Lacking premier coverage skills, Collins gave up two crucial touchdown’s to Ole Miss that ultimately led to an Alabama loss in 2014.  Not fast enough to catch up with wide receivers once beaten.  Drops easy interceptions.  If he doesn’t slim down, his career could be similar to former Cowboys safety Roy Williams.  Williams was stout against the run, but was a liability against the pass–which ultimately could lead to a shorter career in the NFL.

Round Prediction: 1

NFL Comparison: Roy Williams

Dan SchalkAnalysisFootballNFL DraftNFL Draft1. Landon Collins- Safety- Alabama Size: 6'0 222lbs 2013 Stats: 69 tackles 2 INTs 2014 Stats: 87 tackles 3 INTs Strengths: Physical, aggressive safety Great in run defense Good tackler Can match up physically against tight ends Decent ball skills Analysis: Collins is the consensus #1 safety in the draft.  He has a natural ability reading the run, taking...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?