Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the 2014 SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports.
1. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Can I remind you who the Giants had playing safety when they won a championship under Spags as one of the league’s best defenses in 07′? James Butler, Gibril Wilson, and Michael Johnson. None of which really scared defenses, but rather just played a specific role.
Collins stands out in a weak safety class. Nobody after him projects to be a first round caliber draft choice, so does that speak to him being a bit overvalued based on supply and demand? Plus, Alabama’ defensive backs have seemed to disappear after leaving Nick Saban’s defense. Whether it was Dee Milliner, Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron or Javier Arenas, taking Collins would just give me a cause to pause.
I’m not saying he won’t translate well to the pro game, but a lot rides on the Giants approach and it seems like the secondary is something they are willing to patch together rather than acquire any big-time names. I’d say pass on Collins and put more emphasis on drafting someone who can get to the quarterback or protect your own.
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