Collins was arrested and charged Sunday for excessive speed and reckless driving, according to the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department. Collins was spotted going 76 mph in a 35-mph zone, precipitating a traffic stop. He later was released and now awaits trial on a charge that is deemed to be a Class 2 misdemeanor and could result in jail time. However the case breaks, the Cardinals and the NFL will wait for the legal process to play out before levying any sort of punishment. In the meantime, Collins will continue to prepare for his rookie campaign after the Cardinals selected him 16th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft to serve as the team's starting Mike linebacker.
Collins is expected to work as the Cardinals' starting MIKE linebacker, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Accordingly, the team has given veteran middle linebacker Jordan Hicks permission to seek a trade, following back-to-back seasons with 16 starts and triple-digit tackles. Collins and Isaiah Simmons, the Cardinals' first-round picks from the past two springs, are expected to be the starting inside linebackers come Week 1. Collins has the build of an edge rusher at 6-foot-5, 259 pounds, but he's apparently more comfortable playing as an off-ball linebacker. In three seasons at Tulsa, the No. 16 overall pick recorded 236 tackles, 7.5 sacks and five interceptions.
The Cardinals selected Collins in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 16th overall. Collins is a small-school defender but a big-time athlete. A hulking linebacker figure at 6-foot-5, 259, Collins logged a 4.66-second 40 to go with a 35-inch vertical and 122-inch broad jump. With safety-like athleticism on a defensive end-like frame, Collins offers the schematic versatility ideal for amoeba fronts, and he should combine with Jordan Hicks and Isaiah Simmons to form one of the league's most dangerous linebacker rotations.
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