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02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 11/1. *Landon Collins, SS, Alabama, 6-0, 222, 4.53, 1...Collins' first exposure to national attention was when he announced on an ESPNU broadcast during a prep all-star game that he selected Alabama over LSU. The disapproving reaction of his mother, April Justin, lit up social media. Regardless, he was the No. 1 ranked prep safety then and is now the top ranked safety in the draft, especially unusual considering he is basically a strong safety. Collins played both strong and free in college, but is much more effective using his aggression as an attacker than he is in coverage. Collins is long and strong enough to deal with tight ends and battle them for the ball, but not fluid or fast enough to handle clever little slot receivers. His aggressive nature belies Collins when he overreacts to play-action or is looked off by a quarterback. But scouts said the same thing about a guy named Ronnie Lott out of USC in 1981 and he managed to overcome it. To be clear, that is just an example, not a comparison. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/08/15 - Landon Collins reportedly leaving Alabama, will enter NFL draft...A week after the 2014 season ended, one of Alabama's top players appears to be on the way out. Unanimous All-American safety Landon Collins will enter the NFL draft a year early, according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin. Official announcements from Alabama's draft-eligible underclassmen are expected in the coming days. Receiver Amari Cooper is also projected as a top-10 pick if he were to leave early.
A Thorpe Award finalist, Collins led the Tide in tackles (102) and his three interceptions tied Cyrus Jones for most on the team. He also broke up seven passes and defended 10 other while recovering two fumbles. As a sophomore in 2013, Collins broke into the starting lineup and was second on the team with 70 tackles. He made a name for himself with speed in the open field and a few big hits. A year ago, fellow Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix left early for the draft and was picked 21st by the Green Bay Packers. - Michael Casagrande, AL.com
12/03/14 - Alabama takes over No. 1 spot in AP poll...Alabama took over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll after beating rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, replacing Florida State. The Crimson Tide (11-1) received 25 of 59 first-place votes. No. 2 Florida State (12-0) got 29 first-place votes. Alabama is No. 1 for the first time since losing to Auburn last year. However, the Tide's 55-44 win on Saturday propelled them to No. 1 for the 72nd time in their history. Florida State beat unranked Florida 24-19 to remain undefeated but fell out of the top spot. Oregon, which stayed at No. 3, received the remaining five first-place votes. TCU and Baylor rounded out the top five. - The Sports Xchange
10/11/14 - Arkansas played the Alabama Crimson Tide 51 points better than the Razorbacks did in 2012 and 2013. That left the Razorbacks one point short. By a blocked extra point, the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide escaped Arkansas, 14-13, on a rainy Saturday night before a 72,337 sellout at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Winning the SEC West game advanced coach Nick Saban's Tide to 5-1 (2-1) heading into next Saturday's SEC West game against Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Second-year coach Bret Bielema's Razorbacks, so close to breaking Arkansas' now 15-game SEC losing streak dating back to 2012, fell to 3-3 (0-3) and host Georgia of the SEC East next Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Arkansas led 13-7 with 4:43 in the third quarter on quarterback Brandon Allen's 54-yard touchdown pass to tight end AJ Derby followed by John Henson's PAT. Alabama, with Bielema unnoticed by officials as he bolted from the sideline onto the field trying to get a timeout, went ahead to stay on quarterback Blake Sims' 6-yard touchdown pass and Griffith's PAT at 12:36. "I might try a cartwheel next time," Bielema said. "I was trying to get the officials' attention but obviously it didn't happen." Griffith made both PATs, having kicked one after Alabama took a 7-0 lead on Sims' 22-yard pass to running back T.J Yeldon at 8:40 of the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. S Landon Collins, Junior...Collins' inexperience (and inconsistency at cornerback) led to some uncharacteristic lapses in coverage for the Tide last season. The team missed Sunseri's instincts but Collins' athleticism and big hitting make him a better NFL prospect. Collins is a well built athlete with light feet and fluid hips to change direction quickly. He's a forceful and reliable open-field tackler, who often rips at the ball aggressively as he's taking opponents to the ground. He has seen action at both strong and free safety and projects as a first-round pick in large part because he should be able to handle either role at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com