Collins, Yeldon Drafted In Second Round

One of the big mysteries of the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago was how Landon Collins was not taken in the first round on Thursday. He just missed that plateau, as he was the first player selected in the second round on Friday.

Two Alabama players were selected early in the second round of the 2015 National Football League Draft Friday at the Auditorium Theater.

The New York Giants traded up to obtain the first pick of the second round – No. 33 overall – to select Crimson Tide safety Landon Collins. The Jacksonville Jaguars then took running back T.J. Yeldon with the 36th pick, No. 4 in the second round.

Collins and Yeldon are the 23rd and 24th Alabama players to be selected in the first or second round of the NFL Draft since the 2009. The Crimson Tide has seen 17 players go in the first round and seven in the second round during that period of time.

On Thursday, former Bama wide receiver Amari Cooper was taken as the fourth player overall in the first round by the Oakland Raiders.

Cooper, Collins, and Yeldon were all juniors for the Tide’s 2014 Southeastern Conference champions.

Collins, a native of New Orleans, was Alabama's starting strong safety in 2013 and 2014. He finished his career with five interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and 190 tackles. Collins, a first team All-America and Thorpe Award finalist, made a team-high 103 tackles as a junior in 2014 with three interceptions and 4 1/2 tackles for loss and seven pass breakups.

Yeldon rushed for 3,322 yards during his three seasons at the Capstone, the fourth most rushing yards in school history, and scored 37 rushing touchdowns. He went for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons and posted 979 yards rushing and 11 scores in 2014.

Rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday afternoon from the Auditorium Theater in Chicago to conclude the 2015 NFL Draft.


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