Can Landon Collins be the next Odell Beckham?

As a rookie last season, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the NFL scene and took the league by storm. So while Giants rookie safety Landon Collins will play on the opposite side of the ball, can the former Alabama standout have a similar impact that Beckham had in 2014?

Last season, after waiting for four games, Odell Beckham Jr. took the field and very quickly made it his stage. His explosive play led to an appearance in the pro bowl, and the offensive rookie of the year award.

This season expect Landon Collins to break out and prove that trading up to nab him with the second pick in the second round (33rd overall) was warranted. The Giants needed to address the safety position, where they lack talent, depth and experience. Landon Collins was projected by many of the draft pundits to be a first round selection, and by some to possibly be a top 15 pick. However, he slid down until the second day where the Giants stole him. One reason why Collins fell was due to Alabama’s previous track record with defensive backs that have shined in college, but struggled in the NFL like Mark Barron, Dee Milliner, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Javier Arenas. Landon Collins is different.

Collins is a physical safety who will be a strong safety that is best when he is able to play in the box. A unanimous all American at Alabama, he accumulated 90 tackles and three interceptions last season (espn.com). His critics argue that he lacks cover skills, but Collins has shown he has enough fluidity and quickness to not be too much of a liability when needed to play deep zone. However, that will not be his role with the Giants. He will play at strong safety, where he will be a playmaker who is better in the box making plays than covering a receiver man to man.

Collins should have an opportunity to see playing time early, and be a day one starter. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Collins has been showing his leadership skills early in rookie camp, a trait that could help differentiate himself from past busts from Alabama. With talented corners already on the outside in Amukamara and Rodgers-Cromartie, Collins can almost play like a fourth linebacker. Collins should have every opportunity to start and those opportunities will translate to a break out performance.

I would not be surprised if he even receives some votes for defensive rookie of the year, which will be tough considering his role. He likely won’t accumulate as many eye-catching stats as a pass rusher or an intercepting corner, but his impact and presence will be something that will be huge for the Giants defense. As excited as Collins and his family surely were when he was selected in the draft, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was almost undoubtedly just as excited.


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Last season, after waiting for four games, Odell Beckham Jr. took the field and very quickly made it his stage. His explosive play led to an appearance in the pro bowl, and the offensive rookie of the year award.

This season expect Landon Collins to break out and prove that trading up to nab him with the second pick in the second round (33rd overall) was warranted. The Giants needed to address the safety position, where they lack talent, depth and experience. Landon Collins was projected by many of the draft pundits to be a first round selection, and by some to possibly be a top 15 pick. However, he slid down until the second day where the Giants stole him. One reason why Collins fell was due to Alabama’s previous track record with defensive backs that have shined in college, but struggled in the NFL like Mark Barron, Dee Milliner, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Javier Arenas. Landon Collins is different.

Collins is a physical safety who will be a strong safety that is best when he is able to play in the box. A unanimous all American at Alabama, he accumulated 90 tackles and three interceptions last season (espn.com). His critics argue that he lacks cover skills, but Collins has shown he has enough fluidity and quickness to not be too much of a liability when needed to play deep zone. However, that will not be his role with the Giants. He will play at strong safety, where he will be a playmaker who is better in the box making plays than covering a receiver man to man.

Collins should have an opportunity to see playing time early, and be a day one starter. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Collins has been showing his leadership skills early in rookie camp, a trait that could help differentiate himself from past busts from Alabama. With talented corners already on the outside in Amukamara and Rodgers-Cromartie, Collins can almost play like a fourth linebacker. Collins should have every opportunity to start and those opportunities will translate to a break out performance.

I would not be surprised if he even receives some votes for defensive rookie of the year, which will be tough considering his role. He likely won’t accumulate as many eye-catching stats as a pass rusher or an intercepting corner, but his impact and presence will be something that will be huge for the Giants defense. As excited as Collins and his family surely were when he was selected in the draft, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was almost undoubtedly just as excited.

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