Player Profile: Landon Collins is a free safety for the New York Giants. Collins, 22, was the Giants second round pick out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. He will be entering his second season of his four-year contract with Big Blue in 2016. Starting in all 16 games in 2015, Collins led in all tackling categories with 112 total tackles which combines 84 solo tackles and 28 assists. He also recorded one interception against the Eagles in Philadelphia.
2015 highlights: Collins, the product of the Giants draft trade to secure the first pick in the second round last year, had a sensational rookie season. Filling a position that was already spread thin by injury, the 6-0, 225 lb. safety brought his hit stick from Alabama to a Giants defense that was in much need of a solid tackler. Collins thrived in the starting role as took down opponents a total 112 times averaging seven tackles a game. This production not only led the Giants in tackles last season, but also led all rookies in that category. Collins’ best performance came in the thrilling matchup with the Panthers at Metlife Stadium that almost resulted in the second regular season loss for Cam Newton and his squad. Collins finished with ten total tackles, eight of them solo. In the worst defense in the NFL last season, Collins proved the draft trade was worth the risk as he was a workhorse in the backfield.
Contract Situation: Collins will enter the second year of his four-year rookie contract that keeps him with the Giants through 2018. He will earn approximately $1.39 million in 2016 with that total rising to almost $2 million by 2018.
Tradeable/Untradeable: Being that Collins signed a four-year rookie contract, he will be untradeable for some time.
2016 Outlook: The only light in a dark, depressing Giants defense, Collins should pick up where he left off in 2015. Spagnuolo had no trouble with him in the starting role, so he should be in the FS slot next season as well. Leading the Giants in tackles for the second straight season, however, may be a stretch. With the hopeful return of safety Bennett Jackson and possible free agent moves to tighten up the pass rush and linebacker core, Collins may not get to as many opponents as last season. There is little doubt, though, No. 21 will a key component for the Big Blue secondary come September.