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- Selected by the Cardinals in the first round (16th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Tulsa. Was the second LB taken in the '21 draft (Micah Parsons, 12th to Cowboys) and the fourth defender selected.
- There have now been three Tulsa players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft – and two have been drafted by the Cardinals. Collins and B Glenn Dobbs (3rd overall in 1943) join OL Steve August (taken 14th overall by Seattle in 1977) as the only Golden Hurricanes ever taken in the first round.
- At 6-4 and 260 pounds, ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in April of 2021.
- As a junior in 2020, was the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lombardi Award; named the CFB on FOX Defensive Player of the Year and finished as the runner-up for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.
- Raised by a single mother, Haley, who had him at 21 years old and dropped out of college. She took numerous jobs as Zaven grew up, while also taking in a nephew, Peyton, that she also raised. She eventually got her college degree but money was tight and they couldn't afford to send Zaven to college. Following his junior year at Hominy, Haley drove Collins to 12 football camps across the region looking to get him a scholarship, taking money out of her 401K to pay for him to attend the camps. His lone Division I scholarship offer came from Tulsa at the final camp he attended.
Collins: 'Pretty Comfortable'
LB Zaven Collins describes what his first training camp was like and mentions his growth since rookie mini-camp.
Collins: 'I Feel Like We Executed Pretty Efficiently'
LB Zaven Collins talks about getting his first game action in the NFL.
Zaven Collins Resembles Heat-Seeking Missile On TFL
Cardinals rookie linebacker Zaven Collins flies downhill for an impressive tackle-for-loss on his first NFL series.
Collins: 'I'm Very Excited For Friday'
LB Zaven Collins discusses his relationship with Isaiah Simmons and shares his excitement for the team's first preseason game.
Wired - Zaven Collins
Hear rookie linebacker Zaven Collins doing work at a 2021 training camp practice.
Collins: 'There's No Choice'
Linebacker Zaven Collins talks to the media about his plans prior to the start of training camp.
Debate This - Rookie Predictions
Kyle Odegard and Mike Jurecki debate over predictions for the rookie class.
Rookie Minicamp Highlights
Take a look back at the best sights and sounds from on the field at Rookie Minicamp.
Collins: 'Gotta Earn Everything'
Linebacker Zaven Collins talks to the media about his role on the team and what his approach is during rookie minicamp.
Zaven Collins Shares Emotional Reaction To Being Drafted In Top 20
Rookie LB Zaven Collins shares reaction to being drafted in Top 20 overall on "Good Morning Football."
Collins: 'Don't Let The Ink Get In Your Eyes'
Arizona Cardinals introduced their first-round draft selection, LB Zaven Collins, who discussed the team's defense and the emotional rollercoaster of the draft process.
Zaven Collins Gets The Call
Take an exclusive look from inside the war room at the phone call between the Cardinals and first-round draft pick LB Zaven Collins.
Quick Slant - The New Guy Zaven Collins
Paul Calvisi and Dave Pasch react to the news of the Cardinals first round pick Zaven Collins.
Zaven Collins Highlight Reel
Check out highlights of the Cardinals' first-round draft pick, LB Zaven Collins.
Collins: 'It Meant The World To Me'
First round draft pick LB Zaven Collins talks about his journey to the NFL and why being drafted in the top-20 was important for him.
Of Snap Counts And Grades: Vikings Game
Watt's snap percentage goes up; Maxx Williams with top PFF grade
Whether Attention On J.J. Watt Or Chandler Jones, Cardinals Benefit
Notes: Joseph explains limited snaps for Zaven Collins
Of Snap Counts And Grades: Titans Game
Jordan Hicks plays most of the game; Chandler Jones gets lofty PFF mark
Zaven Collins Working To Master Green Dot Status
Notes: No official decision on Murray's Saturday duties yet
New Friends Isaiah Simmons, Zaven Collins Look To Make Mark As Linebacker Duo
Cardinals' last two first-round picks have confidence in early responsibility
Jordan Hicks Frustrated He Can't Compete For Starting Job
Role given to rookie Zaven Collins; Trade never worked out for veteran
Back Together Saturday, And Camp Practice Aftermath
Graybeard, a Banjo pick and more from Moore
J.J. Watt Shows Zaven Collins Good-Natured Locker Room Zings An NFL Staple
Veteran pokes fun at Collins' speeding issue from offseason
Top Questions Heading Into 2021 Training Camp, Part Two
J.J. Watt, cornerbacks and Chandler Jones among those in the spotlight
Cardinals Position Overview 2021: Inside Linebacker
Youngsters Isaiah Simmons, Zaven Collins lead group
Ready Or Not, Zaven Collins' Time Is Coming
Rookie middle linebacker attempting to learn defense quickly
Top Cardinals Pick Zaven Collins Signs First NFL Contract
Second-rounder Rondale Moore lone draft pick unsigned
Isaiah Simmons Trying To Make Up For Lost Time
Second-year linebacker now the 'veteran' when teamed with Collins
Zaven Collins Expected To Start, But Don't Tell Him That
Kingsbury says rookie should pair with Simmons at linebacker Week 1
Cardinals Reportedly Give Jordan Hicks Permission To Seek Trade
First-round pick Zaven Collins plays same position at Mike linebacker
New Uniform Numbers And Number Changes, With An Asterisk
Edmonds, Murphy joining Baker in potentially moving to single digits
Cardinals Target Elite Athletes In Draft
GM Steve Keim added league-high four players with athleticism score in 90s
A Flight To Remember As Zaven Collins Starts Cardinals' Life
First-round pick gets flyover of hometown before Michael Bidwill gets him to Valley
Cardinals Pick Zaven Collins In First Round Of 2021 Draft
Linebacker will play inside next to Simmons for Vance Joseph's defense