Who does this guy remind you of? When they drafted him he reminded me of a young Lawrence Taylor with his frame and explosiveness - they are the same height and I hadn't seen too many guys burst off the edge like they both do. Then I was thinking Von Miller...same size...another one of those freakish explosive types off the edge.
The (physical) comparison between Miller and Collins are interesting...
Miller ran a 4.53 at 246lbs at the combine...Collins ran a 4.6 weighing 250.
Arm length (Miller 33 1/4) (Collins 33 3/4)
10 yard split (Miller 1.57) (Collins 1.58)
Bench press (Miller 21 reps) (Collins 19)
And this is where it gets a little interesting...
Broad jump (Collins 11 feet!! 7 inches!!) (Miller 10 feet 7 inches) Collins holds the combine record for the broad jump. How the explosive do you have to be to jump like that? At that weight? Amazing. Collins jumped a foot further than the number 2 overall pick in the draft.
Vertical (Collins 41.5 inches!!!!!) (Miller 37 inches...which is pretty good in his own right) Think about this for a second...Collins jumped 4.5 inches higher than Miller...that's a lot. I wonder how many 250 pound guys have ever had a 41.5 vertical?
We already know that Collins is a much different player than Miller - he can play in space and cover like few guys can, but it looks to me like he has the skill set to play off the edge and make a serious impact. I wouldn't be surprised if we got a chance to see a lot more of that from him this season, because guys that are as explosive as him (with his size) can get after the quarterback. I saw him show signs in the post season that he could be an absolute nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, I'd love to see more of that. I'm thinking this guy will get 8 sacks this year and I think that's a conservative number. What do you think? Of course he may be forced to play out in space and cover a lot...it's a passing league and our other linebackers can't cover, but I can dream.