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
J.J. Watt already reaching out.
The Tulsa head coach is going to miss having Collins roam the field for him.
Can you say... overwhelmed?
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.— Sidelines - Tulsa (@SSN_Tulsa) April 30, 2021
Dreams do come true, Arizona got them a good one! pic.twitter.com/LvI7a8FYGr
I can tell you already, people will want to cheer for this guy.
"This is what I raised him to do - to be successful."@ZavenCollins' mom, Haley (@HJC95) is a superstar too.— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) April 29, 2021
Ahead of the #NFLDraft, some thoughts from the woman who raised a multi-sport star & Valedictorian at @HominyHS, & likely @TulsaFootball's first Round 1 pick since '77. pic.twitter.com/xs8K0oJI8Q
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.