Talk about warp speed! The second round of the 2015 NFL Draft is not even complete at this time and there are already grades being assigned to the Giants' stunning trade with the Tennessee Titans on Friday night, moving from 40th overall to 33rd (first in the second round) to select Alabama safety Landon Collins.
Charlie Campbell of Walter Football gives the move a B:
The Giants dealt a fourth- and a seventh-round pick to move up to this spot. And I can see why they did it. Landon Collins was seen as a first-round prospect by many, but he slipped into the second frame. He potentially fills a huge need for the team, and if the Giants had their hearts set on filling the safety spot, they almost had to move up because there are no other players at the position worth taking in the second round.
CBS Sports also gives the move a B:
They had to get a safety, but he is a box safety. In a division with teams that want to run the ball, it makes sense as he is someone who can play in space.
The Titans traded their 33rd overall pick to the Giants, who gave up the 40th overall pick, as well as a fourth- and seventh-round pick. And with that 33rd selection, Big Blue selected Alabama safety Landon Collins. Collins isn't an elite cover safety (he's serviceable in that regard) but he's a true downhill thumper. With Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps all leaving via free agency, the need at this position was glaring, and Collins is a very safe strong safety selection.
What he brings: He's an excellent run defender as an in-the-box safety who is built like a weakside outside linebacker -- and some teams think that might be his best position. He'll have trouble in coverage if he has to match up one-on-one against slot receivers with regularity, but he's athletic enough to cover most running backs and tight ends.
How he fits: The only safeties on the Giants roster heading into the draft were 2013 fifth-round pick Cooper Taylor and 2014 fifth-round pick Nate Berhe, so this was their most pressing need. They fill it by taking the best safety on our board in Collins. In addition, the Giants need to bolster a run defense that finished 30th in the league last year, and Collins is at his best stopping the run.