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Name: *Zaven Collins 
College: Tulsa     Number: 23
Height: 6-5   Weight: 259
Position: OLB  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2021

40 Low: 4.60
   40 Time: 4.66
  40 High: 4.73
Projected Round: 1  Stock:    

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6047
Weight: 259

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Dates: 04/02/21
Hand: 09 3/8  Arm: 33 5/8
Wingspan: 80 3/8

Height: 6047
Weight: 259
40 Yrd Dash: 4.66
20 Yrd Dash: 2.78
10 Yrd Dash: 1.63
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 10'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.36
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40 Time Range: 4.64-4.66/Projected 4.76/No 3Cone-Choice
 

 



 Data Scout Notes: **2020: BednarikWinner...WCamp1st/AFCA1st/12-24-20 - Entering 2021 NFL Draft...NagurskiWinner/BednarikFinalist/DPOYC/1stC...NagurskiFinalist...BednarikSemifinalist...PBednarik...2019: 2ndC

 *Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Player News

  06/22/21 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Former University of Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins was arrested Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, on complaints of excessive speed and reckless driving. According to a release from Scottsdale police, Collins was driving a Mercedes that was observed going 76 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday. He was pulled over, arrested and booked into jail before being released later in the day.

Collins, 22, was selected 16th overall in the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals in April after a stellar career for the Golden Hurricane. A Hominy native, he went from under-recruited out of high school to the nation's top defensive player last season. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound linebacker signed his rookie contract with the Cardinals earlier this month, a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth. Collins is expected to be an immediate contributor in the middle of the defense alongside second-year linebacker Isaiah Simmons. - Tulsa World


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  05/02/21 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Before he appeared in a college game, those within the University of Tulsa football program were predicting Zaven Collins would make it to the NFL. Continuing an extraordinary path few others could have anticipated, Collins was taken 16th overall in the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night, becoming the highest-drafted defensive player in Hurricane history. "(Hearing my name) was so emotional for me and for my mom," Collins said during a Zoom call with media. "That's what we worked for. … It's something that I dreamed of and we accomplished that tonight." Collins, a Hominy native who quarterbacked the Bucks to the Class A championship in 2016, was an under-recruited player whose only Division I offer came from the Hurricane. After redshirting his first year on campus, he became a starter because of injuries and emerged as a freshman All-American. He followed with a 97-tackle campaign as a sophomore before producing one of the best seasons in program history last year, when he was a consensus All-America selection and the nation's top defensive player. In eight games, he totaled four sacks and four interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns, in addition to a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a safety. - Tulsa World

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  02/18/21 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Former University of Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins added a final but significant honor to his lengthy Hurricane resume Wednesday, when he was announced as the recipient of the Lombardi Award. Given to the FBS player who best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi and outstanding performance and ability, the award is presented to the top player in college football regardless of position. The other finalists were Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Coastal Carolina defensive end Tarron Jackson and Alabama receiver Devonta Smith. In eight games in 2020, Collins totaled 53 tackles including 11.5 for lost yardage and four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a safety. - Tulsa World

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  01/07/21 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD (TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER) WINNER: Zaven Collins, linebacker, Tulsa,...Collins was one of the most dynamic defenders in college football this season. He has totaled 54 tackles, 11.5 TFLs for minus 49 yards, four sacks for minus 25 yards, four interceptions for 152 return yards, two TDs off INTs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, as well as one safety, in eight games. Two of Collins' interceptions were game-clinchers, including a pickoff against No. 19 SMU that ended any possible final scoring drive for the Mustangs and his pick-6 in overtime against Tulane that he took 96 yards for the game-winning score. - Tulsa Football

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  12/27/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  A day after being crowned the nation's best defensive player, University of Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins is on his way to the NFL. Collins, a fourth-year junior from Hominy, posted on Twitter on Thursday morning: "In support of my family and my dreams, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft and I am turning my focus towards preparation for this dream. I wish all my teammates the best of luck in the Armed Forces Bowl." In eight games this season, Collins totaled 53 tackles including 11.5 for lost yardage and four sacks, four interceptions including two pick-sixes, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a safety. - Tulsa World

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  12/23/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Capping an outstanding junior season, Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins has won the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which honors college football's national defensive player of the year, it was announced today by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. In 2016, Collins was a high school senior quarterback at tiny Class A Hominy (Okla.) High School. His only Division I scholarship offer came from The University of Tulsa. Today, Collins has reached the pinnacle as the best defensive player for the 2020 college football season.

Collins is the first Tulsa player to win any of the current on-field performance awards and becomes the school's first FWAA All-American since offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski in 1991. He was selected among five finalists that included Coastal Carolina defensive end Tarron Jackson, Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon, Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II. The FWAA All-America Committee selected Collins as this year's Bronko Nagurski Trophy recipient after voting from the entire membership. The official presentation of the award by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club, the award's sponsor, will occur at a later date. At 6'4", 260 pounds, Collins has become one of the most dynamic defenders in college football. He has totaled 54 tackles, 11.5 TFLs for minus 49 yards, four sacks for minus 25 yards, four interceptions for 152 return yards, two TDs off INTs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, as well as one safety, in eight games. - Tulsa Football


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  12/18/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa,...A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and for the Butkus Award as the top linebacker, Collins has registered 51 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Two of Collins' four interceptions clinched wins for Tulsa, including a highlight-reel 96-yard pick six against Tulane in an overtime victory. - Tulsa Football

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  12/15/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa,...Collins was unanimously chosen as The American Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to earn unanimous player-of-the-year honors. A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and for the Butkus Award as the top linebacker, Collins has registered 51 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Two of Collins' four interceptions clinched wins for Tulsa, including a highlight-reel 96-yard pick six against Tulane in an overtime victory. He is the first player from Tulsa to be named as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  12/09/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALIST: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260, Jr., Hominy, Okla.): Collins is one of the most dynamic linebackers in the nation. He earned the American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week four times after his seven games this season and the Bronko Nagurski Player of the Week award the week of Nov. 14. Heading into the AAC Championship Game, Collins has 11.5 tackles for loss and ties for fifth nationally with four interceptions, tops among linebackers along with two others - one of which he returned 96 yards for a touchdown in overtime for the winning score against Tulane, and another that was a game-clincher against then-No. 19 SMU. In Tulsa's opening games against then-No. 11 Oklahoma State and the following week's No. 11 UCF, he combined for 7.5 TFL's, 3.0 sacks and a tackle for a safety. Collins is Tulsa's first Nagurski Trophy finalist. The American Athletic Conference has Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich as a former winner in 2015, and Collins is the AAC's fourth all-time finalist, the most recent being Houston tackle Ed Oliver in 2017. - Football Writers Association of America/Charlotte Touchdown Club

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  12/08/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD SEMIFINALIST: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa,...A 6'4" junior from Hominy, Okla., Collins has totaled 51 tackles, 11.5 TFLs for -49 yards, 4 sacks for -25 yards, 4 interceptions, 2 TDs off INTs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, as well as one safety. He has also been named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week four times. Two of his interceptions were game-clinchers, including a pickoff against #19 SMU that ended any possible final scoring drive for the Mustangs and his pick-6 in overtime against Tulane that he took 96 yards for the game-winning score. Collins was named the Bednarik Award's National Player of the Week for his season-opening performance against the No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. In that game, Collins recorded six tackles, all solos, with four of those for losses totaling 24 yards, including 3 sacks for -16 yards. - Tulsa Football

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  11/26/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Another week, another honor for University of Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. On Sunday, Collins was selected the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the week, the first Hurricane player to earn the recognition since 2005. A fourth-year junior from Hominy, Collins sealed Tulsa's win against Tulane on Thursday with a 96-yard interception return in the second overtime and recorded a season-high 15 tackles in the game.

Through six games, Collins has 48 tackles, including 10.5 for lost yardage and four sacks along with four interceptions and a forced fumble. He also was the Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week in September and the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week last week. "I'm just going to go ahead and say it: Why is that guy not in the running for the Heisman?" Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said after the Tulane win. "Tell me someone that has affected more games than that guy. If we want to talk about the best players in college football, in my opinion, he's there. He's a part of it." - Tulsa World


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  11/23/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Jr., LB, Hominy, Okla.,...Collins was also chosen as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Tulsa's 30-24 double-overtime win against Tulane, keeping the Golden Hurricane unbeaten in conference play. Collins ended the game with a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second overtime period to cap a day in which he had a game-high 15 tackles. Collins, who registered the game-clinching interception for the second consecutive week, is tied for the American Athletic Conference lead with four picks in 2020. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  11/22/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  NOV 22 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ZAVEN COLLINS, TULSA, Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Hominy, OK/Hominy, Zaven Collins had a game-high 15 tackles (8 solo) and 0.5 tackles for loss, and recorded one interception which he returned 96 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime as 25th-ranked Tulsa (5-1) defeated Tulane, 30-24. Tulsa scored 21 points in the 4th quarter and nine more in overtime for the win that moved the Golden Hurricane to 5-0 in American Athletic Conference play. Notes: Zaven Collins is the first Tulsa player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  11/19/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Falling behind early is becoming a regular occurrence for Tulsa. So are late-game heroics. Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane on Thursday night. Tulsa (5-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) forced overtime when third-string quarterback Brin Davis connected with JuanCarlos Santana for a Hail Mary 37-yard touchdown pass.

Playing its first game as a ranked team since 2008, Tulsa outgained Tulane 522 yards to 302, but turned the ball over three times. The Golden Hurricane trailed 14-0 entering the fourth quarter - the fourth game this season they have overcome a 14-point-or-more deficit to win. Brin entered with 2:09 left in the third quarter after backup Seth Boomer was carted off the field because of a left leg injury. Starter Zach Smith left with a torso injury late in the first quarter. Brin completed 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His 18-yard TD run with 9:17 remaining got Tulsa's comeback started. Corey Taylor II, carrying the ball for the first time in four games, gained 132 yards on 19 carries for the Golden Hurricane. Santana added eight receptions for 138 yards and the game-tying score. - AP College Football


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  11/16/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Jr., LB, Hominy, Okla.,...Collins led a defensive effort that held SMU scoreless in the second half and without a touchdown in the final 44:58, allowing Tulsa to rally for a 28-24 win to keep the Golden Hurricane unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play. Collins had six tackles to go with a sack, two tackles for loss and the clinching interception with 1:29 left on SMU's final possession. Collins leads The American in interceptions per game (0.60) and has three picks and 10.0 tackles for loss in 2020. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/26/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  OCT 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Jr., LB, Hominy, Okla.,...Collins led a defense that limited USF to 13 points and 305 total yards in a 42-13 victory against the Bulls. He finished with six tackles, including five solo stops, to go with a forced fumble and a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown. His forced fumble ended a USF drive at the Tulsa 6-yard line just before halftime, while his interception provided a backbreaking score to give the Golden Hurricane a 35-13 second-half lead. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/05/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  OCT 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Jr., LB, Hominy, Okla.,...Collins led a Tulsa defense that limited No. 11 UCF, which had averaged 50.0 points in its first two games, to only three second-half points as the Golden Hurricane rallied for a 34-26 win, snapping the Knights' 21-game home winning streak. Collins had a team-high 10 tackles to go with 3.5 tackles for loss, an interception, two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a safety that accounted for the Golden Hurricane's first points of the game. Collins has 7.5 tackles for loss through two games and ranks second among NCAA FBS players at 3.8 TFL per game. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  09/21/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 21 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Jr., LB,...Had six tackles, with three sacks and four tackles for loss in a 16-7 loss at No. 11 Oklahoma State. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  08/29/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Collins combines effort with skill and the results have been exceptional: 182 tackles over the previous two seasons, including 17.5 for lost yardage and 3.5 sacks, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a forced fumble. "Not only does he have his God-given gifts and abilities and his work ethic is second to none, he is not going to be outworked. And then at the same time he wants knowledge and he knows he needs knowledge," TU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Joseph Gillespie said. "You start putting the knowledge and the experience with it, I think his level of play will go through the roof to a whole different degree."

Collins was recruited out of Hominy High School, where he starred at quarterback and safety and won a Class A title as a senior. Gillespie has helped mold Collins into an NFL prospect, opting to keep him at linebacker because of his speed and 6-foot-4, 260-pound frame. "Zaven is a tremendous talent," coach Philip Montgomery said. "He's a guy who can cover a lot of ground. He's a guy that can play multiple positions. He can do a lot of different things for us and I think his future is extremely bright." Heading into his third season as a starter, Collins is TU's top returning tackler and the centerpiece for a defense brimming with potential. - Tulsa World


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  07/17/20 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa,...A 6'4" junior linebacker from Hominy, Okla., Collins was a second-team American Athletic Conference selection last year after recording 97 tackles, eight TFLs for -27 yards, two sacks and two pass breakups. Collins has played in 24 career games with 22 starts and has totaled 182 tackles and 17.5 TFLs, six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. A 2018 Freshman All-American as named by USA Today and FWAA, Collins has six double-figure tackle games and two blocked kicks in his career. - Tulsa Football

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  12/10/19 - OLB *Zaven CollinsrJr/2021, Tulsa, 6-5, 259 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa, So.,...Tulsa's linebacker duo of Edmiston and Collins were 1-2 on the Tulsa roster and also ranked first and third in The American for tackles. A 6'3" senior from Gatesville, Texas, Edmiston became just the third player in school history to record 100+ tackles in three separate seasons as he finished the year with 106 stops, including 3.5 tackles for -9 yards, and added one pass break-up and one forced fumble.

Collins, a sophomore from Hominy (Okla.) High School, tallied 97 tackles and was second on the team behind Gipson for TFLs with 8 for -27 yards. He also had 3 pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and blocked one kick. He had a season-high 13 stops in the Navy game and his 9-tackle, 2-TFL and one-sack performance helped Tulsa capture its win over UCF. In his two seasons, Collins, who was a Freshman All-American in 2018, has totaled 182 tackles, 17.5 TFLs and 6 pass break-ups. - Tulsa Football


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