Giant fans set bar high for Landon Collins

The former Crimson tide All-American has big shoes to fill in his first season in the NFL. The question will be can he live up those high expectations or should Giant fans not expect that much production from Collins in his rookie season?

In this year's draft for the New York Giants, their most important pick didn’t come with their first round selection. No, the Giants biggest pick people will say in the 2015 NFL Draft, came when they traded up to the top of the second round to select University of Alabama safety Landon Collins.

Collins, the All-American safety for the Crimson Tide this past season, was a player connected with the Giants by scouts through whole draft process. Many felt that Collins and the Giants were a perfect match. Collins would help fill a need the G-Men had at the safety position and be a great fit in the Giants new defensive system under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

At the end of the day, those turned out to be all the reasons why the Giants traded up in the second round to pick Collins. The Giants feel that Collins can from day one help solve their needs at the safety position, and also fill in role of Antrel Rolle, who left the team via free agency this offseason to the Chicago Bears. With these high expectations that the Giants have for him, Collins has shown throughout his college career that he can live up to them.

Collins is your typical strong safety. His best attributes is his ability to play the run. He does a great job tackling in space and can be that “extra linebacker,” in the box to help defend the run for the Giants. These are the qualities and responsibilities that Antrel Rolle had when he played for the Giants. Now you can’t expect Collins to put up the same numbers and production that Rolle did, but he can still produce enough to help fill in the role that Rolle had for the Giants and be a key player for the Big Blue defense as well.

The one thing that Collins needs to improve on though, is getting better in defending the pass game. Collins is not bad in the passing game and has shown that he can be on the field on passing downs, but his biggest weakness is defending slot receivers or big tight ends in man coverage. He will probably not have to deal with covering receivers in the slot that much in the NFL, but he will need to get better at manning up tight ends in man coverage. The Giants expect him to help out in pass coverage by covering the tight end, like most starting strong safeties in the NFL, so we should expect Collins to be up to that challenge this season.

Collins is also know to be a heavy hitter, so that could help slow receivers down from trying to run over the middle on the Giants, with Collins there hawking them down to put a heavy lick on them to knock the ball out their hands.

The Louisiana native, reminds you of the late Sean Taylor, who Collins is actually honoring by wearing Taylor’s jersey number 21 in his professional career. He is a great run defender, can be a player who can slow down an opposing offenses passing attack and can without a doubt lay the wood out there on their field.

Overall, the bar is raised very high for Collins in his rookie season for the Giants. Everybody in the Giants organizations and Big Blue nation itself, expect great things from Collins and he has shown that without a doubt he can reach those expectations.

You can’t expect Collins in his rookie season to have a pro bowl season or even put up the numbers that Rolle did for the Giants the past couple years. It’s a tough leap going from college to the NFL, so you can’t expect Collins to a pro bowl player this year. You can though expect him to produce at a high level and fill the needs the Giants have at the safety position. Collins is more than capable enough to be a solid starting strong safety for the Giants on and help the defense as a whole improve from last season.

Collins has proven his can from day one be a starter in the NFL, and the Giants just need him to be just that for this season, a good starting strong safety. They don’t need him to be an All-Pro player or a pro bowler right now, they just need Collins to be a solid NFL safety. Nothing else. Down road, Collins definitely has the ability to be All-Pro player, but right now he just needs to meet the expectation that come with being a starting safety in the NFL. That’s it.

Those are the expectations that we all should look for from Collins this season. If he can meet those expectations, the Giants secondary will be a solid unit for them on defense and the defense as whole will be much improved for the 2015 season.


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Collins, the All-American safety for the Crimson Tide this past season, was a player connected with the Giants by scouts through whole draft process. Many felt that Collins and the Giants were a perfect match. Collins would help fill a need the G-Men had at the safety position and be a great fit in the Giants new defensive system under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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