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Last week The Redskins Blog looked at the first mock drafts from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay as well as NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah to see who they projected for the Redskins at the fifth-overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft.
Names like Randy Gregory, Shane Ray and Leonard Williams were deemed potential fits for the Redskins. According to Bucky Brooks, so is Alabama safety Landon Collins.
A former five-star recruit who chose Alabama over LSU, his home state, Collins, a 6-foot, 222 pound junior, has been expected to be taken as a top-1o pick since declaring for the NFL a couple weeks ago.
In his only full season as a starter, Collins led the team in tackles (87) and was a unanimous All-American.
A native of New Orleans, Collins said he was a Peyton Manning fan but explained his affinity for the Redskins as a kid.
“My favorite team was the Redskins because I grew up a Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor fan,” Collins told Alabama.com. “So it’s always been the Redskins.”
As a freshman he collected 18 tackles in limited duties, which included punt returning, but broke out in his second season.
He recorded 69 tackles as a sophomore, hauling in two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a touchdown. This season he grabbed three picks and helped lead the defense, ranked 12th in the nation after the year.
Collins was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award (the nation’s best defensive player) and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (the nation’s best defensive back).
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