You said nickel. A nickel D has 4 down linemen, 2 backers and 5 dbs or 3 linemen, 3 backers and 5 dbs.I have explained this already. We took Byron Murphy to be our slot corner because we run a hybrid nickel defense as a base package. It's the same defense that Collins played in at Tulsa, the 3 - 3 - 5. We are rarely in a traditional 3 - 4 because the NFL runs 11 personnel 45% of the time now.
Which is why the MLB position, especially a 2nd one, is so devalued in modern defenses.
For this pick to be maximized in effectiveness we are either going to:
#1. Move Simmons around and let him play a hybrid safety role out of a traditional 3-4 alignment. This makes taking a slot corner silly (which it was anyway but it's what we did)
#2. Limit Markus Golden / Chandler Jones snaps in this formation despite Keim saying that Collins will only play MLB. This is where I believe Collins would be most effective. Is Keim overriding his defensive coordinator?
#3. Go to a 2 - 4 - 5 and forgo a DL
Having heard Keim this morning he clearly intends for Joseph to use Collins right away. It would be extremely detrimental to Keim's job security to have another 1st round LB not play immediately.
It will be one of these options above.