The Arizona Cardinals selected Zaven Collins with the 16th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the reactions were pretty positive.
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.
Let’s get to it Big Fella! @ZavenCollins— Kyler Murray (@K1) April 30, 2021
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— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 30, 2021
Let’s work. #RedSea
(it’s a dry heat.)
J.J. Watt already reaching out.
Couldn’t be more PROUD of @ZavenCollins! So happy for him and his family!! GREAT things ahead for him and the @AZCardinals! Go Cards!!!! pic.twitter.com/uTpF9tfPyE— Philip Montgomery (@CoachPMonty) April 30, 2021
The Tulsa head coach is going to miss having Collins roam the field for him.
“We’re gonna kill everyone” @ZavenCollins pic.twitter.com/tm7UAxYkcw— Van Gogh (@coltwilson16) April 30, 2021
Can you say... overwhelmed?
Gonna be fun, @ZavenCollins— Zach Allen (@TheZALLEN44) April 30, 2021
Time to win a Super Bowl! https://t.co/L7NSS5we9l
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.