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In Depth Look at Patriots Draft Acquisitions: Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins jumps in to make a tackle - Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The pick as announced by former Patriot RB Kevin Faulk

Combine Results:

HT: 6'3 1/2"

WT: 250

Arm: 33 3/4"

Hand: 9 3/4"

10: 1.58

20: 2.61

40: 4.59

Vertical: 41 1/2" (#2 in the entire combine)

Broad Jump: 11'7" (#1 at the entire combine)

20-yd Short Shuttle: 4.32 (8th amongst OLBs)

3-cone: 7.10 (9th amongst OLBs)

Bench Press: 19

Overview

The Patriots came into the 2013 draft looking for someone to bolser their pass rush and their linebacker coverage in their front 7. Their search could potentially end with Jamie Collins, who was moved around the football field during his college career. Collins started off as a QB who then moved to SS, OLB, and later DE his senior year. As described by Mike Mayock, Collins is one of the most explosive edge rushers in the draft, with the best broad jump in the combine and the second best vertical jump.

Jamie Collins vs Nebraska (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)

Jamie Collins vs Houston 2011 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)

2011 Stat Line: 98 tackles (19.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 1 FF, 8 PD, 1 INT (as a LB)

2012 Stat Line: 92 tackles (20 for loss), 4 FF, 10 sacks, 5 PD (as a DE)

Analysis:

Despite there being questions about his motor, Collins had similar production as an edge rusher as he did as a LB. Collins tested very well at the draft as you can see by the #s posted above. That speed and explosive ability is an asset for the Patriots as an edge rusher, similar to what the Broncos have in Von Miller. In his rookie year, since the Patriots have Mayo, Spikes, and Hightower likely taking the starting slots with Fletcher and 7th rd pick Steve Beauharnais battling it out for the 4th spot, Collins is more likely to project as a situational nickel rusher his rookie year similar to how they used Mark Anderson in 2011. Even though he played in Conference-USA, Collins had really good production against some good teams (vs. Nebraska 13 tackles, 1 sack and vs. Boise St 10 tackles, 1 sack). One thing that he should try to do is try to add strength and muscle to his frame so tackles can't bully him as much in the ground game should they use him as an edge player (3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE).

NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews (upside of Von Miller)

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