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05/04/15 - New Giants safety Landon Collins, the team's second-round pick, has temporarily been assigned No. 27, previously worn by Stevie Brown. However, Collins is hoping that once he comes in for the Giants' rookie minicamp next week, he can get a specific and different number. That number would be 26, famously worn by the late Sean Taylor during his days at the University of Miami. "When I talk to the equipment manager again, I will do that," Collins said at his introductory press conference, perhaps unaware that the number is already in use by running back Orleans Darkwa. "I'm going to ask for it."
Up until this year, No. 26 was worn by former safety Antrel Rolle, who signed with the Bears during free agency. If Collins ends up getting No. 26, it would be only fitting to try to continue the tradition of solid play and leadership that Rolle was known for during his five-year stint with the Giants. "He's a big safety too. He's fast and a great guy," Collins said when asked about Rolle. "He knows the game very well." Like Rolle, Collins is confident that he can ensure there is no drop-off during the upcoming transition from Rolle to the younger generation. "I came into a lot of places. I came from Dutchtown. I came in right after Eric Reid. Going into Alabama I came in after Mark Barron and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinny Sunseri," Collins said of the perceived pressure to replace Rolle. "I had plenty of big shoes to fill, so I'm going to definitely fulfill those shoes and keep it going." - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - A closer look at the Giants' six picks: Round 2/33 -- Landon Collins, S, 6-0, 228, Alabama...The Giants traded up seven spots to grab the best safety on the board, thus filling a glaring hole on the roster. While Collins, like incumbents Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor, lacks NFL starting experience, he is projected to be in the lead for one of the two openings at the position in the starting lineup. - The Sports Xchange
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