The New York Giants wasted no time making their move in Round 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday night. They traded with the Tennessee Titans, moving up from up from No. 40 to the 33rd pick to select Alabama safety Landon Collins.
The Giants gave up their second-round pick (40th overall), fourth-round pick (108th overall) and one of their two seventh-round picks (245th overall) to make the move.
"We just try to get good players when the opportunity presents itself," said general manager Jerry Reese. "It's a premium spot. You've gotta pay to go up there. We paid a fair price."
Head coach Tom Coughlin said "I think it's a fair deal for both teams."
Collins was the No. 21 ranked player on the Big Blue View Big Board. In his prospect profile of Collins, Jesse Bartolis wrote:
Collins is far and away the best safety in this class and worthy of a first-round grade in any safety class. Everyone wants Earl Thomas. Collins is not that, but he might be Kam Chancellor.
Collins quickly took to Twitter to celebrate joining the Giants.
I'm a Giant baby #LetsGo— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) May 1, 2015
SB Nation's Alabama web site, Roll Bama Roll, had this to say in a profile of Collins:
Landon Collins is one of my personal favorite players to ever come through Alabama, and he is an exciting player to watch. He almost never misses a tackle, and is a terrifying presence in the back field. He has the versatility to line up at deep safety, box safety, slot corner, and linebacker in dime packages, and is also a terror on special teams.
Here is a Collins' tweet from Thursday night after he went undrafted in Round 1:
One thing I know draft day won't define me but will motivate me to prove the doubters wrong & confirm what I already know. #BamaStrong— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) May 1, 2015
Giants' round-by-round selections
Big Blue View Draft resources
If you haven't checked it out already, be sure to listen to the podcast I did Friday with Pat Traina (Bleacher Report/Inside Football). Our special guest was Walter Football draft analyst Charlie Campbell.