Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins -- a 1st-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft -- was arrested Sunday night after cops say he was driving recklessly, TMZ Sports has confirmed.

The 22-year-old -- who was taken by the Cards with the #16 overall pick -- was stopped by officers in AZ after cops say he was speeding and driving dangerously.

We're working on further details regarding the incident ... but a jail official tells us Collins was booked Sunday night and released a short time later.

We've reached out to Collins' reps, the Cardinals and the NFL for comment ... but so far, no word back yet.