Breaking Down DC Artie Burns and DT Maliek Collins

Artie Burns – DC – Miami Burns is a third year junior and a two year starter at corner for Miami. Usually plays to the boundary side of the field. He had an exception year in 2013 with 36 total tackles, five broken up passes and six interceptions. He was a four star recruit coming out of high school with offers from schools such as Alabama, LSU and USC. He was also a top hurdler in high school with a personal best of 13.36. While at Miami he ran the 60 meter indoor hurdles with a personal best of 7.74. Size – 6000 – 193 – 4.48 Strong Points – Height, long arms, exceptional body control, good speed with quick feet and loose hips. Strong jam, turn and run, man and zone coverage, ball skills and hands. Willing run support player with good tackling ability. Weak Points – Not a burner, needs to add some bulk and strength. Can get loose in coverage at times. Summation – Burns has all the natural tools to be a very good corner in the NFL. The only thing he lacks is elite speed. While he was a top hurdler in high school he is not a burner. Will probably run in the high 4.4’s. He has a strong jam and can mirror receivers in press coverage. Keeps good position in zone and he has excellent hands and ball skills. He reacts quickly to the run and is willing to come up and make plays. Good tackler but needs to add some bulk and strength to be more effective at the next level. Where he gets drafted will be determined by how well he times in the 40, but he won’t get out of the second round and could go higher. Maliek Collins – DT – Nebraska Collins is a third year junior and two year starter at defensive tackle for Nebraska. He had a very good 2014 season statistically but his production dropped in 2015. In 2014 he was credited with 45 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. In 2015, he finished with 29 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Size – 6012 – 300 – 5.10 Strong Points – Flashes dominance. Has some “wow” plays. Very quick initial quickness. Has quick hands. He is a good to very good athlete with balance, change of direction and overall body control. Flashes as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Weak Points – Short with short arms, can struggle with double teams. Has to beat his man with his initial quickness. Production fell off in 2015. Can be slow off blocks. While he has some wow plays, he also has plays where he is a non-factor. Summation – Collins is going to have scheme limitations. Doesn’t have the height and arm length needed to play in a 3-4 scheme. Looks to be best suited to play as a 3-technique in a one gap 4-3. He is very quick and can be explosive but his lack of size and arm length hurt. While he has some big plays he also gets neutralized too often. He is talented but has to play with more consistency. He had another year of eligibility and should have stayed in school. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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