That was for a couple of reasons.
One, because the Cardinals picked a non-power five school player in Collins from Tulsa, and two because it is the Cardinals and it was a bit of a milquetoast selection.
How did Twitter react?
Let’s take a look at some of the takes.
The video of Zaven Collins hearing his name called tonight rocks so hard. Years of hard work paying off. pic.twitter.com/usg27wSW5X
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 30, 2021
That’s just good to see a player who is so overwhelmed and excited for the opportunity.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback weighs in.
Zaven Collins is a GREAT PICK by Arizona. Very close to Micah Parsons. Big and rangy and fast. Every time I watched Tulsa, I said WOW. Great kid. Powerhouse. Congrats, Cards.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 30, 2021
Welcome to the squad @ZavenCollins
Let’s work. #RedSea
(it’s a dry heat.)
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 30, 2021
J.J. Watt already reaching out.
— Philip Montgomery (@CoachPMonty) April 30, 2021
The Tulsa head coach is going to miss having Collins roam the field for him.
— Van Gogh (@coltwilson16) April 30, 2021
Can you say… overwhelmed?
Gonna be fun, @ZavenCollins
Time to win a Super Bowl! https://t.co/L7NSS5we9l
— Zach Allen (@TheZALLEN44) April 30, 2021
Zach Allen checking in on his feelings on the rookie linebacker.
Zaven Collins, a player that didn’t get any offers besides from Tulsa, to being one of the highest rated LB, to being a first round pick.
Dreams do come true, Arizona got them a good one! pic.twitter.com/LvI7a8FYGr
— Sidelines – Tulsa (@SSN_Tulsa) April 30, 2021
I can tell you already, people will want to cheer for this guy.
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) April 29, 2021
This kid is something special, man.
It took me a while to process it…but it is so badass that @ZavenCollins got drafted 16th overall. Young man is representing Oklahoma in the best way! Let’s go!
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) April 30, 2021
Everyone is rooting for you, Zaven.