Selected as the 33rd overall pick in the second-round of the 2015 NFL draft, Collins started off his career with a few growing pains.
He naturally struggled to find his role in a bottoming defense, and was often found out of position. Collins played more of a box-safety role while at Alabama, and had been forced to drop back into coverage one too many times with the Giants.
The defense struggled mightily in 2015 due to Collins' struggles and other factors, ranking in the bottom five in the league.
But everything changed in 2016, as the Giant's defense climbed the rankings and finished in the top five.
It's VERY rare for a team to make such a significant jump in the rankings, but thanks to Collins a few free-agent signings, Big Blue saw a major improvement.
Collins earned pro bowl credentials in 2016, managing 100 total tackles, four sacks, one fumble recovery, five interceptions and one pick-six.
Incredible numbers for a second-year player trying to find his role on a struggling Giants team.
What should we expect from Collins in 2017? Greatness.
Collins is primed for another explosive season, headlined by his newfound confidence and support system.
Adding Janoris Jenkins, former teammate Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon to the mix only spells trouble.
Collins will only cost the Giants $1.7 million in 2017, making him a bargain considering his starlet statues.
The addition of multiple offensive threats will take some of the pressure off of the defense, and avoid excessive fatigue down the stretch.
A main reason the Giants struggled against the Packers in the playoffs was due to the offenses' inability to stay on the field for more than two minutes.
The defense started off strong but ultimately fell to its demise after Aaron Rodgers tired the secondary and picked them apart with ease.
Hopefully, draftee Evan Engram and former Jet Brandon Marshall can provide more support and aid an ailing defense.