Bengals Draft Prospects: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

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Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the 2014 SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports.

Stripe Hype’s own David Petrocelli gave you a peak into this hidden gem last month. Now that free agency has ameliorated some of their needs, the Bengals can focus on depth and future needs come draft time. Landon Collins from Alabama would be a solid option for the Bengals. When you have both safeties set to hit free agency next year, and one of which, Reggie Nelson in the later years of his NFL career, you need to start training his replacement. 

Collins is quick and strong, which is something the Bengals can use in the secondary. He makes open field plays and there has been a few times he has defended against the big play for the Crimson Tide. His production would definitely help the run defense with the ability to read running backs and stop them in the box.

Collins’ 2014 production was impressive, as he went for three interceptions, six pass deflections, and 87 total tackles. When facing Ohio State during the NCAA playoff, he recorded 11 total tackles, including eight solo tackles against an offense that proved to be too much for them and Oregon to handle.

The Bengals could benefit from his tackling ability and playmaking ability in the secondary. They worked out Collins earlier this month at Alabama’s Pro Day according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. If Collins were available at 21 when the Bengals find themselves “on the clock,” it would not surprise me to see the Bengals put him in stripes.

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