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Jamie Collins | Linebacker

Team: Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 239

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Patriots selected Southern Miss OLB Jammie Collins with the No. 52 overall pick.
Collins (6-4, 250) played defensive end at Southern Miss and led C-USA in tackles for loss (20) as a senior while ranking third in sacks (10) and forcing four fumbles. A long-armed pass rusher (33 3/4"), Collins ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 1.56 ten-yard split and insane 11-foot-7 broad jump. (The broad jump is Megatron territory.) Collins' down-to-down consistency was an issue on college tape, but he is an explosive, highly athletic edge presence with big upside. His scheme versatility only helps the Patriots pass rusher, with Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, and Rob Ninkovich all possessing the ability to rush from a two point stance. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:56:00 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah gave Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins a late second- to early third-round grade.

Jeremiah noted that Collins is athletic, and a "better as blitzer than pure pass rusher." The lean rush linebacker "can hold point of attack" versus tight ends. There's a lot to like about Collins' natural game, but he needs to be stronger on first contact on a consistent basis.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins will visit the Steelers.

Collins is likely a second-round target as a pass rushing outside linebacker. He's a super athletic "upside" type but failed to generate consistent force on first contact. If the Steelers don't nab a pass rusher in the first-round, Collins would be a great fit.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 01:45:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein tweeted that Southern Miss pass rusher Jamie Collins "has got Steelers OLB written all over him."

Zierlein warns to not let Collins fall to Pittsburgh in the second-round. That is the range in which we see Collins being selected, but some are projecting the athletic pass rusher in the first-round. He has the tools, but Collins needs to put them to use on a more consistent basis.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:08:00 PM

The New Orleans Saints sent four scouts to watch Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins at the school's pro day.

The team is moving to a 3-4 defense this off-season under newly hired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and will be looking to add edge-rushers. The National Football Post's Russ Lande recently stated that teams are fine with Collins as a 3-4 defender but are struggling to figure out where he plays in a 4-3 defense. The Saints wouldn't appear to have this issue if they draft him.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 07:23:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes 4-3 defensive teams are unsure where to play Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins.

"NFL personnel are trying to get a feel for Collins football instincts to get more comfortable with his playing up as a linebacker full time in the NFL," Lande writes. "Most 34 teams that I have spoken to have no concerns in this area, but teams that play 43 schemes are trying to figure out if Collins is best as an under-sized defensive end or a linebacker and if so which linebacker position."
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:30:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins is more of an athlete than a player at this time.

Weidl says Collins has average football intelligence and not naturally physical or aggressive. The strong side linebacker put on a great showing at the Combine, but he wins with that athleticism rather than technical skills in games. Expect Collins to be a sub-package rusher during his first year.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 01:47:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranked Southern Miss' Jamie Collins over LSU's Barkevious Mingo at the pass rushing linebacker position.

Both are slotted behind Dion Jordan but head of Illinois' Michael Buchanan and Auburn's Corey Lemonier. Collings and Mingo put up excellent workouts, but we believe both have so much more to offer than what they showed throughout their college career. We prefer Mingo due to his more violent hands at the line of scrimmage.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 05:16:00 PM

Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins has also accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

Collins had previously also accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Outside of filling in for an injured player, prospects do not usually plan on attending two all star games, but evaluators surely appreciate it. In practice, these teams utilize a base four man front, so it will be interesting to see where a "tweener" like Collins fits due to his lack of bulk but great closing burst and length.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 09:58:00 AM

Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Collins is a very intriguing player, possessing excellent athleticism, length, and closing burst, but he lacks consistency and technique. He projects as a rush linebacker in a three man front. We think he loses too often at the point of attack, but Mobile will be a nice test for the Golden Eagle.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 09:18:00 AM

Southern Miss DE/OLB Jamie Collins added four tackles for loss, including three sacks, against UAB Saturday.

Collins was able to beat the UAB offensive line with speed and closing burst around the edge. From our perspective, Collins is incredibly raw with his technique and loses too often at the point of attack, but he has the necessary length and burst that teams covet.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 09:10:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Southern Miss' Jamie Collins as the top senior OLB prospect for the 2013 Draft.

Collins has a lean frame with length, and combined with a nice first step he can produce off the edge with a speed rush. Kiper cites the Golden Eagle's seven tackles for loss in 2012, along with two sacks, but Collins had an off weak against Louisville in his most recent mathcup. We worry if he can shed blocks once his momentum is stopped, and he may ultimately be a project due to his lack of technical skill.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 09:48:00 AM