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Arizona Cardinals select Zaven Collins with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at Tulsa Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

It seemed like forever, instead it was a short two hour wait for the Arizona Cardinals to make their first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With the 16th the Arizona Cardinals selected Zaven Collins, LB from Tulsa.

Collins is an uber versatile linebacker that can play off the ball or on the edge,

From SB Nation:

Collins is an exceptional athlete, particularly for his size, moving fluidly in space as an off-ball linebacker. He quickly gets good depth on his drops into zone coverage, hitting his landmarks with little wasted effort and showing good range once in coverage. He also has the ability to run with most tight ends and running backs in coverage, and even some receivers. Collins keeps his eyes in the backfield when in zone coverage and does a great job of reading the quarterback’s eyes from the second level. He allows the quarterback to lead him to the play and uses his length and closing burst to arrive in a hurry. Collins has good ball skills and his sheer size makes him disruptive at the catch point.

Collins slots into a defense that needs help at linebacker.

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