Cardinals 2021 first-round pick arrested for allegedly ‘driving dangerously’

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Zaven Collins
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Zaven Collins /

Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Zaven Collins, the team’s first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, was arrested on Sunday.

Zaven Collins has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals for less than two months and, unfortunately, he’s already given the team a reason to regret their selection.

According to TMZ Sports, Collins was arrested on Sunday in Arizona after cops pulled him over for allegedly “speeding and driving dangerously.” TMZ Sports also reported that Collins was released from jail shortly after his arrest.

There haven’t been any other details released about the rookie linebacker’s arrest on Sunday, but this is certainly not how the Cardinals envisioned their summer break to begin.

Will Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Zaven Collins face a suspension from the NFL?

So what’s next for Arizona’s rookie linebacker? Will the team punish him? Will the NFL suspend him?

In the recent past, other players around the league have been charged with reckless driving, including Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson, and Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Aldrick Rosas.

Both Gordon and Anderson avoided a suspension from the NFL while Rosas was suspended by the league for four games last year. However, Rosas was charged with other crimes in addition to reckless driving, including leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a valid license

According to the report from TMZ Sports, Collins has only been accused of reckless driving, and nothing else. So it’s possible that Sunday’s incident won’t result in a suspension for the Cardinals’ 2021 first-round pick.

Earlier this month, Collins signed his rookie deal with Arizona that is worth $14.69 million. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals choose to punish the rookie linebacker following Sunday’s disappointing incident.

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Luckily, no one was injured as a result of Collins’ poor decision out on the road on Sunday, as this could have turned out a lot worse.