With the No. 42 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Jalen Collins, the 6-foot-1 cornerback out of LSU. Collins only started 10 games for the Tigers, but he brings plenty of upside to the NFL.
Collins is a bigger cornerback, which is something Dan Quinn likes in his defensive scheme. The Falcons knew they needed to address their secondary, and this is a great start.
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While he's still a work in progress, Collins brings an impressive blend of height and speed. He's a quick corner who ran a 6.77 in the 3 cone drill. Collins is also one of the longer corners in the draft. His arms measure just over 32 inches, and his wingspan is nearly 79 inches.
This is encouraging, too.
Jalen Collins had 1 pick, 4 pass break ups and allowed a miserly 10% completion rate on deep vertical routes #NFLDraft— Kev Connaghan (@PFF_Kev) May 2, 2015
Selecting Collins is likely bad news for Robert Alford. He should slide to the nickel for now. Collins might not start immediately, but you should feel confident about Quinn's ability to mold young cornerbacks.
It's a high risk/high reward pick for Atlanta. What are your thoughts on the newest member of the Falcons?