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2015 Mock Drafts: Collins To The Redskins?

Posted Jan 26, 2015

In his latest mock draft, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes the Washington Redskins will take Alabama safety Landon Collins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Each week leading up to the NFL Draft this year, Redskins.com will be bringing back its "Mock Madness," a compilation of what pundits and various media members believe the Redskins should/could do with their No. 5-overall pick.

Here's an extended look into NFL.com's Bucky Brooks' mock draft pick selection for the Redskins:

For the second week in a row, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks is pegging University of Alabama safety Landon Collins to go to the Redskins at the fifth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Between Collins’ elite playmaking ability and uncertainty at the safety position for the Redskins, Brooks believes the 6-foot, 222-pound safety could make an instant impact in the Washington secondary.

“Collins is a ball hawk with the instincts and awareness to shut down the middle of the field,” Brooks wrote.

According to his NFL.com profile, Collins is a “safety with a no-nonsense demeanor” who plays with quite a bit of physicality and can be a special teams contributor as well.

“Decisive against the run. Gets high to low quickly and is all over the ball. Leverages running backs to sideline and keeps contain. A true sheriff against the run. Tracks and stalks ball carriers with patience. Hits the gas and explodes into his tackles with purpose. Feet are under him and balanced when ready to strike. Aggressive and tough with a desire to intimidate. Disciplined eyes -- is not easily moved around field by quarterbacks. Wrap-up tackler. Physical enough to match up against tight ends and has the feet to carry big, slot targets. Transitions to throws quickly in zone coverage and limits yards after catch. Finds and tracks ball and times his leaps well. Aggressive in playing the ball and disrupts the catch with his physicality. Core special-teams player.”

As for his game matched up against a current NFL player, his profile lists Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien as his most comparable counterpart.

In 30 games with Jacksonville, Cyprien has recorded 218 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Bottom Line: Collins is a tempo-setter who can energize a defense with his downhill, aggressive style. He is at his best when he can attack rather than sit back in coverage and process. Collins' tackling, pursuit angles and speed to the sideline can help a defense shut down rushing attacks, but his inconsistencies in coverage will be tested by NFL offenses.

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