Well it’s finally time we talk about safeties. Let’s start at the top with Landon Collins from the University of Alabama. Hey…What’s that smell? It stinks!!! It smells like….like…like….like Saban! Gross it’s the Saban Stench. Well if we are going to talk about Landon Collins, we better do something about that stench. Just sit still Collins, it only hurts at first.
Ahhhh, that is much better. Now please don’t hit me Landon Collins. I know you can hit. Matter of fact Collins is a classic strong safety. A big hitter who’s strength is his best attribute. Collins will lay the ball carrier out and let him know afterwards that the field is his and you better hope you get off it alive.
Collins is known for his strength. But don’ let that fool you, Collins can run too. He ran the fastest 40 yard dash among the safeties who ran at the combine. He’s not exactly a ball hawk, only intercepting five passes in his college career but he can run with most receivers.
In 3 years at Alabama Collins had 190 total tackles including over 8 for a loss. He also forced 3 fumbles. Collins is excellent against the run. He shows patience before the snap, reads the play, aggressively attacks the play and BANG – the running back hits the ground. These skills also make Collins a heck of a asset on special teams.
Collins also does a good job tracking the ball in the air and breaking up the pass. Although some scouts think his biggest weakness is his coverage skills. But in a zone scheme Collins can set the tone and be a disruptive force.
If I was going to compare Collins to an Alien Weapon of Destruction I would compare him to a Gravitron Planetary Drill. He’s gonna hit you. He’s gonna drill right to your core. And you are going to explode!
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