New York Giants managed to pick up arguably the best rookie from the 2014 NFL Draft in Odell Beckham Jr. last year, and they will be hoping to expect a similar but different impact from rookie safety and second round pick Landon Collins this year.
After missing the first four games due to injury last campaign, wideout Beckham enjoyed an excellent season.
For players to dominate at such a high level in their first year is unusual, but the Giants will be hoping for more of the same, but this time from their most promising rookie this year.
Time to step up
Much like Beckham, a lot is expected of Collins. The safety will start for the Giants immediately, meaning plenty of pressure from the off.
Some rookies crumble due to the pressure, but Giants fans will be glad to hear that Collins is already turning himself into a defensive leader for the Giants.
"I will say this, from practice one (Friday) to just this morning, I saw a jump already,'' Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said of Collins.
"They come here initially and they're feeling their way through. They don't really want to say anything, but by the time we got to that last team period (Saturday), Landon was moving people around and directing, so if he can keep doing that every day, I think we'll have exactly what we thought we had when we took him.''
It's a promising sign that the Giants have got a player who is a potential leader on their defense, but it's too early to state whether Collins will be a star.
There is a slight worry about Collins' coverage ability. NFL.com reports that the safety struggled during a certain part of mini camp when the rookie was beaten by tryout tight end Matt Marfisi. The Giants will be hoping that Collins learns from any rookie mistakes quick and fast.
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