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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Zaven Collins

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is almost here and one player that has been finding himself rising across draft boards recently is Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. Collins had a prolific career with the Golden Hurricane, totaling 236 tackles (25.0 for loss), 7.5 sacks and 5 interceptions across 32 games played.

NFL teams are always looking for an impactful player the can make game-changing plays across the middle of the field on defense. With that being said, here are three of the most likely teams to draft Collins.

Zaven Collins Draft Projection

1. New England Patriots (No. 15)

This is a spot in the draft that no one has a firm idea on what will happen. The New England Patriots could go a number of ways with this pick, but don't be surprised if they take Collins. He has the versatility to shine in a Bill Belichick-led defense and could be an eventual Dont'a Hightower replacement along the front seven. Collins has quickness and an ability to disrupt the backfield that will translate well at the next level. He is an option the Patriots could consider here.

2. Las Vegas Raiders (No. 17)

The Las Vegas Raiders haven't had a game-wrecker on defense ever since they traded away Khalil Mack, but Collins could move into that role perfectly. He has size (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) to line up almost anywhere and has proven to be able to defend both the pass and the run. Collins is the type of player the Raiders can start Week 1 as they try and turn around their struggles on that side of the ball. Plus, Las Vegas is in a perfect spot to grab him at No. 17 overall.

3. Cleveland Browns (No. 26)

If Collins is still available when the Browns are on the clock, it would make a lot of sense for him to wind up in Cleveland. One spot on the defense where the Browns do not have a lot of depth is at linebacker. Collins has shown he can move into coverage if needed or rush the passer as well. Plus, Cleveland has thrived off of making big plays on defense and he had 4 interceptions in eight games in 2020. Collins is a do-it-all type of player that would fit in well here.

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