This is the fun part. The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here. Speculation talks are boiling and everyone is on edge. Who will be first overall? Who will be Mr. Irrelevant? And who will my team pick? More importantly, who is going to be the first pick for the Baltimore Ravens?
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Let me tell you a few things about Alabama strong safety Landon Collins.
The Ravens are currently sitting with the 26th overall pick in the draft and have big needs on defense to address. Earlier mock drafts had Collins going as early as 16th by the Texans, and I was in the midst of discussing with my fellow Baltimore Wire writers about why the Ravens should move up to get him.
However, more recent mock drafts have Collins sliding a bit down in the first round and now he’s seems within Baltimore’s grasp without having to make any big moves.
Coming out of my neighboring high school, Dutchtown, in Dutchtown, La., I’ve seen first hand the progression of Landon Collins from a promising high school athlete to an NFL caliber safety. In a state that produces the most NFL talent per capita in the country, you could say Collins was baptized in the fire. He’s earned everything he’s accomplished thus far in his career.
Collins sparked quite a bit of controversy at home when during his senior year at Dutchtown, announced his commitment to Alabama instead of LSU. We were all stunned. One of the best athletes out of Louisiana in the last ten years and he’s playing Roll Tide for Nick Saban?
To make matters worse for this loyal LSU fan, Landon Collins played beautifully. Aggressive, great at stopping the run, and sideline to sideline quickness a lot of NFL teams need (wink wink nudge nudge, Baltimore).
So why should the Ravens take Landon Collins? Certainly, they don’t need help stopping the run. C.J. Mosley isn’t complaining life is hard in the NFL.
The 2014 Ravens defense was a throwback to say the least. Playing similar to the style of the 2000 defense which was actually geared at stopping the run. They played exceptionally well as a top-10 defense the entire 2014 season.
Landon Collins fits perfectly into this scheme. Forcing a team into even more pass plays and Collins’ ability to keep receivers to the sideline and contained, it’s an improvement on an already existing plan that works well.
Landon Collins plays like a Raven. A major improvement over Matt Elam, no disrespect. This is that push the Ravens’ secondary needs. A 4.5 40-yard-dash time, 3-foot vertical, and 10-foot broad jump. If he’s still available for the Ravens in the first round, which he should be fortunately, take him.
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