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2015 NFL Scouting Report: Landon Collins

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. You can find all of our previous scouting reports here. Continue reading below to learn more about Landon Collins, the consensus number one safety in the 2015 NFL Draft]

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Landon Collins

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Safety / Alabama

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103 tackles, 3 interceptions, 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for loss in 2014.

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Weight: 228 lbs.

Hand Size: 9-3/8″

Arm Length: 31-1/2″[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]40 Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds

Vertical Jump: 35.0 inches

Bench Press: n/a

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20 Yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds

60 Yard Shuttle: 11.94 seconds[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row custom_title=”Spider Graph (courtesy of Mockdraftable.com)”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The above spider graph, courtesy of Mockdraftable.com, shows what percentile this player is against other players at the same position. Clicking the “Measurements & Comparisons” tab on the bottom of the graphic will show additional Measurements information along with player comparisons from the Mockdraftable.com database based strictly off historic measurable data.

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Pros:

  • Physical play style that can send a message to opponents in the secondary
  • An “in-the-box” safety who is at his best when moving downhill
  • Great football instincts – attacks and flows towards the ball
  • Can get high-to-low and sideline-to-sideline quickly
  • A wrap-up tackler who thrives in the run game with solid fundamentals
  • Can line up in man coverage against tight ends and in the slot
  • Follows the flow of passing plays and tracks the deep ball well in the middle of the field
  • Physical nature transfers to the passing game as he times contact with his man wisely and looks to disrupt the catch with his body
  • Smart player in coverage that, when at his best, can manipulate quarterbacks with his eyes
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Cons:

  • Naturally aggressive nature gets him into trouble, specifically in coverage situations after biting on play action
  • Good but not great athlete; will have a very tough time against any non-tight end in man coverage
  • Fluid to the ball for his bulky size but can’t be considered quick in zone coverage
  • Average long speed and recovery speed who will be beaten by quicker receivers in the NFL
  • Seems to trust his instincts too much and will guess wrong a handful of plays each game
  • Not athletic enough to sit back in center field and run around
  • Tight hips that has trouble opening up in coverage situations
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NFL Player Comparison:

Dawan Landry 2.0

College Scheme / Projected Scheme:

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Fit with the Vikings:

Collins’ aggressive style, specifically in the running game, would certainly add a fun element and another tool to Mike Zimmer’s exotic defense. However, with his limited abilities in coverage, Zimmer would likely use Collins as an “in-the-box” safety, similar to the way Kam Chancellor is used is Seattle. This could mean Harrison Smith would likely drop back and become more of a coverage safety. And while Smith certainly has the skill set, it would be a shame to have to limit him to just one roll as versatility is one of Smith’s best attributes. The fact remains, though: This defense is still in search of a safety to pair with Smith, and Collins will very likely be there for the taking at pick 11 if the front office is so inclined. Collins could immediately contribute in run defense, which the Vikings struggled mightily with last year. Harrison Smith and Landon Collins would be a formidable duo that could send a physical, tough message to opponents.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425269574902{margin-bottom: 32px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-right: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #582d83 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”appear”]

Draft Grade:

1st Round (15-25)

While he certainly isn’t a flawless prospect, Collins stands head and shoulders above his peers as the top safety in this draft class. Collins will likely be viewed by NFL teams similar to his former teammate, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, who was drafted with the 21st pick in 2014 to the Green Bay Packers. That seems about right this year too as teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, and Steelers, all of which could use safety help, sit in that range. Collins should hear his name called somewhere from picks 15-25.

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Check out the below Draft Profile Breakdown of Landon Collins courtesy of eDraft.com.
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vikkkwwwin
5 years ago

We don’t need to draft Collins to just stop the run… That’s a bad ideal..! If you want to stop the run – MLB is the position for that..! And middle of the DL..But mostly MLB..JOB..! My suggestion…is Brandon Spikes – ILB – Age 27 two-down type of guy, by most accounts,but he can stop the run and than come out on 3rd..Don’t waste pick 11 for a Safety just to stop the run..! And Collins can’t cover well… Not a value @ 11

vikkkwwwin
5 years ago

If we were sitting at 24 than maybe Collins is the pick.. But not @ 11

vikkkwwwin
5 years ago

With our NFC North Division – With Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler – Rather have a Safety, who is a smart player & cover well than a Safety who is physical & tough against the run..!

Austin
Austin
5 years ago

Brett, has anyone looked at this kid from a WLB perspective? His spider graph is not particulalry awe-inspiring as a Safety. Wonder how he’d compare to other LBs. Seems like a crappy year to be in the market for a Safety…

austinbuhta
austinbuhta
Reply to  Brett Anderson
5 years ago

gracias!

Mike Kano
5 years ago

Nothing about Collins is intriguing at the #11 slot. One of the top 3 receivers or Brandon Scherff would be a much better selection, as would Trae Waynes. The odds are that one of those players will still be on the board at #11.

SkolVikingsLetsGo
SkolVikingsLetsGo
Reply to  Mike Kano
5 years ago

I think you nailed it

SkolVikingsLetsGo
SkolVikingsLetsGo
5 years ago

It would be interesting if we drafted Trae Waynes at #11 and moved back into the first round for Landon Collins. Legion of Boom would become the second best secondary pretty quick. Oops, is my rube showing?

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Pathomporn_Pin_On
5 years ago

Yep this dude’s spider graph looks, shall we say … underwhelming? As in very much so.

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