Miami Dolphins NFL Draft Prospect: S Landon Collins


The Miami Dolphins have failed to possess a complete secondary since the days of Brock Marion, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.  That being said, they are very close, especially with dependable All-Pros like CB Brent Grimes and S Reshad Jones.  Injuries to both Cortland Finnegan and Louis Delmas hurt the team last year, who often struggled with tackling in the second level.

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Even as a Junior, Landon Collins is the most complete and NFL ready defensive back in the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Alabama defensive captain became polished while under former NFL coach Nick Saban, and is a great run-tackling safety, much like Reshad Jones.  He has great anticipation, and shows good bursts of speed to get to the point of contact quickly.  He’s physical enough (6 foot, 222 pounds) to match-up against tight ends and big receivers, and is above average in mid-air.

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  • The only complaint with Collins is that he possesses average hands.  That is probably why he grew up on the defensive side of the ball.  He has been known to drop some easy interceptions, but on the flip side, I have personally seen Collins make some unbelievable plays on the ball, so it balances out.  He is a ball hawking safety that would instantly upgrade a Miami secondary that is both aging and lacks depth.  I am just not sure Delmas can hold up for a full seasons, as he didn’t last year.

    In three years with the Crimson Tide, Collins totaled 173 total tackles (113 solo), 4 for a loss, 5 interceptions (1 for a TD), and 3 forced fumbles.

    He also returned punts and kickoffs, and could backup Jarvis Landry in the return game.

    If Collins is available at 14, I think it would be hard for Miami to pass him up.  Odds are he will go before 14, but should he be there at 14, I see Collins wearing aqua and orange next year as a rookie.

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