Cardinals Sign First-Round LB Zaven Collins

The Cardinals announced they signed first-round LB Zaven Collins to a four-year rookie contract, according to Adam Schefter

Arizona has now signed all but one of their seven 2021 draft picks. 

Round Player Pos. Note
1 Zaven Collins LB Signed
2 Rondale Moore WR  
4 Marco Wilson S Signed
6 Victor Dimukeje EDGE Signed
6 Tay Gowan CB Signed
7 James Wiggins S Signed
7 Michael Menet C Signed


Collins, 21, was a three-year starter at Tulsa and was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year as a redshirt junior. The Cardinals drafted Collins with pick No. 16 overall.

Collins is projected to sign a four-year, $14,690,256 contract with the Cardinals that includes a $8,043,822 signing bonus. The Cardinals will have a fifth-year option to pick up on him in 2024. 

Lance Zierlein compares Collins to Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch.

During his college career at Tulsa, Collins recorded 236 tackles, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three recoveries, five interceptions, eight pass deflections and two defensive touchdowns over the course of three seasons and 32 games. 

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