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As usual, a slew of Alabama players were picked in this year's NFL Draft. The Giants took defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson late in the second round, making him the seventh of 10 Crimson Tide players selected in last week's draft.
Tomlinson's former college teammate, Giants safety Landon Collins, think the team got a steal by landing Tomlinson with the 55th overall pick.
"As soon as he got drafted, I said, 'Man, we stole you. We really needed a tackle and you're going to make that position fantastic,' " Collins said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "That's all he wanted to play. That was the first question he asked me: 'What am I going to be playing?' I know the defense pretty well, so I said, 'You're going to be playing three-tech and the one-shade. From that point on, that's all you're going to play.' He said, 'Perfect, that's all I want to play.' "
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Tomlinson figures to mostly play the three-technique position, which is lined up on the outside shoulder of a guard. All-Pro Damon Harrison occupies the one-technique spot, which is shaded to one of the center's shoulders.
"At 'Bama, we move our ends and defensive tackles all over and we do a lot of games," Collins said. "Here we do the same thing, but we usually keep our tackles inside because that's what they're best at. We keep our ends outside because that's where they're best at. But we run games to get everybody free."
As a second-round pick, Tomlinson will be expected to immediately step into the starting spot created by Johnathan Hankins' free-agent departure. Collins, who played with Tomlinson for two years at Alabama, expects his former - and current - teammate to be ready to start from Day 1.
"Of course," Collins said. "You've got to remember we've got three All-Pros. You've got (Olivier Vernon), you've got (Jason Pierre-Paul) and you've got (Harrison). So those guys are definitely going to take him under their wings, teach him the game and I think it's going to be a very easy transition for him."
Collins will be there for anything else Tomlinson needs.
"I'll take care of my guy," Collins said. "He texted me and said I've got to show him the city. I got him. As soon as he touches down next week, I'll make sure he's taken care of."