We’ve got our newest Arizona Cardinal. The franchise selected Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins with the 16th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.
Collins, the fourth defensive player taken in this year’s draft, has been lauded for his coverage skills.
With Collins in coverage alongside last year’s first-round pick Isaiah Simmons, it’s hard to not get excited about the possibilities for Arizona’s defense.
Collins was welcomed to the team by some of his new teammates.
There was a fair share of negative fan reactions to the pick, with fans primarily looking for another weapon offensively or a replacement at cornerback for Patrick Peterson.
That’s it! This pick seals the deal. 21 years of being a die hard Cardinals fan and I get rewarded with this abysmal draft pick. I am embarrassed to call myself a fan of this franchise. I’m gonna go to Foxborough where they know how to run a real NFL dynasty
— Jimmy Chen (@LaCanucks) April 30, 2021
Well at least the suns play tomorrow
— ray (@rquin08x) April 30, 2021
— Joyuh (@JonahCarlson15) April 30, 2021
— RedSea(0-0) (@PrimeTimeRURS) April 30, 2021
well this draft sucks
— VALLEY BOYZ (@Ceds_11) April 30, 2021
This past year, Collins produced 54 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and four interceptions — including a a 96-yard pick-six — in just eight games. Collins was acknowledged as the nation’s best defensive player, winning the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards.
The 6-foot-4, 260 pound linebacker was a true thumper in the second level, a player who can drop and has enough speed to hang in coverage despite his frame.