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OLB Jamie Collins - Cleveland Browns

6-4, 250Born: 5-2-1990College: Southern MississippiDrafted: Round 2

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Summary

As we would expect, the Patriots never let anyone know why they elected to trade Jamie Collins in the middle of last season. It clearly was not performance related and the Browns were certainly glad to get him. Collins was plugged right in as a three down strong side linebacker and will continue in that role going forward. Often the strong side designation is a box score killer for linebackers. This is not the case with Collins who managed a stat line of 48-20-2 with a forced fumble in eight games with Cleveland. His big play ability was on display during his time in New England. In thirty four starts over three and a half seasons Collins forced 9 fumbles, intercepted 5 passes, sacked the quarterback 11.5 times and defended 12 passes. He added a couple of forced fumbles and a sack after coming to Cleveland last year as well. Playing on the strong side may make it tough for Collins to lead the team in tackles, but he should continue to produce well in that area. Add his penchant for the big play and Collins has the potential to land among the top ten fantasy linebackers in 2017. At worst he should be an excellent second starter. (May 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 7, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 14, 16
Overall Redraft - 12, 10, 12, 14, 15, 21, 26, 28
OLB Dynasty - 8, 9, 10, 13
Overall Dynasty - 21, 12, 30, 33

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 NE 15 74 42 4 4 2 2 3 0
2015 NE 12 52 38 5.5 5 1 1 6 1
2016 NE/CLE 15 79 32 3 2 0 2 3 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 76 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 80 * * * * * * *

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