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OBJ, Landon Collins Make PFF’s List of Top 50 Players of 2018

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and safety Landon Collins were named to Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 Players List for the upcoming NFL season.

Beckham, the Giants’ first round pick in 2014 (12th overall), would likely be much higher than No. 47 had he played an entire season in 2017. He was limited to just four games after fracturing his left ankle in Week 5 vs the Chargers.

PFF Analysis: Beckham Jr. showed everybody what he was capable of as a rookie and that overall PFF grade of 93.0 remains the best mark of his career. It also sits in the top 10 of all single-season grades we have given a wide receiver since we have been grading every player on every play of every game in the NFL season. OBJ’s grade has declined each year since that season but was still excellent before his injury-hit 2017. He has as much talent as any receiver in the game and has broken 62 tackles after the catch with the ball in his hands over his career, despite that injury-shortened 2017.

Collins fared much better – No. 18. He is quite simply one of the game’s best safeties. When the Giants traded up to grab him at the top of the second round back in 2015, they made the right call. He’s a stud.

PFF Analysis: Collins struggled terribly as a rookie, but a position switch in Year 2 saw him immediately transform into a Defensive Player of the Year candidate as he manned his natural position of strong safety. His 92.5 grade that season was backed up by one of 88.5 in 2017 despite the Giants’ defense as a whole and secondary in particular collapsing around him. Collins has 83 defensive stops over the past two seasons – tackles that constitute an offensive failure on the play – which is the most of any safety by a considerable margin.

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