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Jamie Collins, OLB, NE
An unspecified virus kept Collins out of the last five games for New England, but he's respected to return to the field against the Eagles this week. When healthy, Collins is one of the league's truly elite defenders, a top-five real life linebacker who has the potential to rank similarly as an IDP. He entered the league as a dominant, hyper-athletic edge rusher from Southern Mississippi, but he turned into an all-around, off-ball linebacker for the Patriots, all while still possessing lethal explosiveness as an edge rusher. Indeed, in his first seven games of 2015 Collins posted 51 tackles (29 solo, four for a loss) while adding 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. If he could maintain that pace over a 16-game sample, it would project to about 117 tackles and 10.5 sacks – a figure that likely isn't sustainable, but nonetheless illustrative of Collins' truly rare upside as a dual tackle-sack threat.
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