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Trade Tracker: Giants open Round 2 with bold deal


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The New York Giants opened the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday with a bold deal to move up seven spots to select Alabama safety Landon Collins with the No. 33 overall pick.

Safety was a clear need for the Giants entering the draft after watching Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown depart this offseason and having only untested Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe on the depth chart. Collins is a bit limited in coverage but a hammer in run support, and the Giants landed’s top-rated strong safety in exchange for the 40th overall pick, a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft.

“I’m a Giant baby,” Collins tweeted shortly after the selection was announced.

With the 40th overall pick, the Titans selected wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a first-round talent who was still available in the second round due to off-field issues. Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri to Oklahoma last offseason, but the NCAA ruled him ineligible for the 2014 season. The Titans landed the 6-foot-5, 237-pound playmaker as a downfield weapon for No. 2 overall pick quarterback Marcus Mariota.

–The Carolina Panthers acquired the 41st pick and selected Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess. The Panthers sent the 57th, 89th and 201st overall picks to the Rams to move up 16 spots.

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