Sep 20, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) is grabbed by Florida Gators wide receiver Quinton Dunbar (1) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Plan A: Landon Collins, SS (Alabama)
The Giants lost Antrel Rolle in free agency. Quintin Demps and Stevie Brown, the Giants free safeties are both free agents. The Giants must target the best safety in the draft class. Landon Collins is a strong safety who can replace Rolle right away.
Collins is a very athletic strong safety, in fact he has some traits that are coveted in free safeties. He can run, he has ball skills and he hits like a heat seeking missile. Collins has the potential to be a better player than Rolle was in his prime.
The Giants most pressing need is in the back-end of their defense. Their defensive line could still use beefing up. They could still use a pass rusher, a linebacker and an offensive tackle. The Giants however need to find a solution at the strong safety position.
In the worst case scenario, Collins has the football IQ and the speed to play free safety if he has to. Collins is an intimidating playmaker. The 6-0 220 lbs. safety had 60 tackles, 3 interceptions and a forced fumble in 2014. The most impressive stat may be his 8.5 tackles for a loss in the past 2 seasons. This shows that he diagnoses plays quickly and he closes in on the football like a hungry vulture attacks a dead deer.
Next: Plan B: Danny Shelton, DT (Washington)