Collins' versatility makes him a good fit in New England.
With their first pick in this year's draft coming in Round 2, the Patriots took Jamie Collins, an athletic pass-rusher from the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
Collins will definitely get his share of opportunities this season but will need to be ready to compete from the get-go. The Patriots are stacked at linebacker next season with Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower.
Most likely, Collins will serve as the backup to Rob Ninkovich as a hybrid linebacker and defensive end. He will have to compete with Jermaine Cunningham, a player very similar to Collins, for playing time.
One of the best features that Collins brings is his versatility. He began as a safety with Southern Miss, then moved to outside linebacker as a sophomore before playing mostly as a defensive end in his senior season.
Bill Belichick could also put Collins at linebacker as a primary backup possibly to Brandon Spikes. In fact, Spikes is entering the final year of his contract. Collins will get opportunities early to showcase his skills at both defensive end and linebacker.
He probably won't put up huge numbers this season, but Collins could definitely become a starter after this season. Collins does most of his damage in the backfield and can play in coverage effectively as well. Within a year or two, he could potentially become the Pats' best pass-rusher after Chandler Jones.