Nick Collins

Collins gets some respect.

Green Bay Packers safety [intlink id="162" type="category"]Nick Collins[/intlink] came in third in ESPN’s safety Power Rankings.

The [intlink id="386" type="category"]Pittsburgh Steelers[/intlink]‘ Troy Polamalu and [intlink id="343" type="category"]Baltimore Ravens[/intlink]‘ Ed Reed were unanimous selections for first and second — Polamalu got all the first-place votes and Reed got all the second-place votes.

Collins finished 12 points ahead of fourth-place finisher Adrian Wilson of the [intlink id="174" type="category"]Arizona Cardinals[/intlink].

If you’re looking for surprises, there are two mild ones.

The [intlink id="158" type="category"]Kansas City Chiefs[/intlink]‘ Eric Berry, who’s entering only his second season in the league, came in fifth and was listed on every ballot.

The [intlink id="509" type="category"]Buffalo Bills[/intlink]‘ Donte Whitner came in seventh, which isn’t all that notable by itself, but is interesting when you consider the team plans to let the 26-year-old walk when free agency begins.

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