Collins first of two second round picks

The Packers used their first of two second round selections on defensive back Nick Collins of Division I-AA Bethune-Cookman University.<p>

Collins will compete for playing time at safety against veterans Arturo Freeman, Earl Little, Mark Roman and Todd Franz. Whether Collins will have what it takes to start as a rookie remains to be seen.

"It will be a challenge," said Packers coach Mike Sherman. "Physically he bodes really well in regards to his speed, his vertical leap. He has good hands. I think he had six interceptions last year. He had a ton of pass breakups. From a physical standpoint he'll be OK. Our defensive staff feels confident that they can teach him our scheme and get him on the field at some point.

"We're going to try him at safety to start with, and also in our dime package in some capacity."

Here is more on Collins from

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 206

40 time: 4.51

Year: 4Sr

Bio: Partial qualifier who played just three seasons of college football. Started at both safety spots finishing his senior season posting numbers of 44.5/6/13. Hauled in seven interceptions as a junior.

Positives: Athletic secondary prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers. Fast sideline- to-sideline, possesses a burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene. Displays skill in man-to-man coverage, running downfield with receivers, reading their eyes, then turning back to make a play on the ball. Gets vertical and adjusts to make the difficult interception in contorted positions. Supports the run or defends screen passes.

Negatives: Hesitant, indecisive and not an efficient defender. Too quick up the field and takes himself out of the action. Slow locating the ball. Tackles high, which results in players picking up yardage off initial contact.

Analysis: Possessing outstanding computer numbers, Collins is a prospect who must start to translate his athletic skills onto the football field. A little small for safety, he has potential to slide over at cornerback and at the very least, a practice squad player potentially a team's dime back next September.

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