Reactions pour in after Cardinals pick Zaven Collins in NFL Draft

Apr 29, 2021, 7:55 PM | Updated: 10:13 pm
Zaven Collins #23 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane celebrates after intercepting Noah Johnson #0 of th...
Zaven Collins #23 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane celebrates after intercepting Noah Johnson #0 of the South Florida Bulls and running in a 38-yard touchdown during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 23, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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