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Jaguars selected Arkansas QB Brandon Allen with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Allen (6'1/217) made 34 starts for Arkansas, setting a school record with 64 career passing touchdowns and leading the SEC in passer rating (166.5) and yards per attempt (9.3) as a senior with a 65.9% completion rate and 30:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Allen is small with small hands (8 1/2") and played in a simplistic, play-action-heavy offense at Arkansas, but he offers adequate arm strength, a quick release, and plus mobility. Allen figures to max out as an NFL backup, though he is smart and skilled enough to become a viable short-term spot starter.
Apr 30 - 4:55 PM

Titans selected Arkansas G Sebastian Tretola with the No. 193 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Tretola (6'4/314) started at left guard two years for the Razorbacks after transferring from community college, earning 2015's co-Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's top offensive lineman. Tretola's short arms (31 1/2") render him an interior-only lineman, but his power and toughness fit well there. Tretola's obvious weakness is his sub-par athleticism. Still, Tretola's ability to move people gives him NFL value. He's a no-frills, phone-booth mauler.
Apr 30 - 4:48 PM

Seahawks selected Arkansas RB Alex Collins with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Collins (5'10/217) rotated with Jonathan Williams until Williams suffered a year-ending injury ahead of the 2015 season, turning in a 271-1,577-20 (5.82 YPC) rushing line as the Razorbacks' feature runner last year. Although Collins was productive in college, his tape shows limited short-area burst, an inability to beat defenders to the edge, and the skill set of a workmanlike, replacement-level runner. Collins' athletic deficiencies were confirmed in Indy, running 4.59 with sluggish broad (9'5") and vertical (28 1/2") jumps. He'll be a dime-a-dozen back in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 3:32 PM

Bills selected Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams with the No. 156 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Williams (5'11/220) was an emerging star before he missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury that required surgery, earning second-team All-SEC as a junior and logging a 406-2,321-16 (5.72 YPC) career rushing line with 26 receptions. Williams recovered in time for the Arkansas Pro Day, running 4.63 and excelling in agility drills. Quick footed with surprising lateral elusiveness for his size, Williams also flashed passing-game chops before his injury. If he's fully recovered, Williams has the skill set of an NFL feature back.
Apr 30 - 2:50 PM

Chargers selected Arkansas TE Hunter Henry with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Henry (6'5/250) won the 2015 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, finishing his career with a 116-1,661-9 (14.32 YPR) receiving line across 30 starts. He didn't drop a single pass as a 2015 junior and showed plus athleticism at the Razorbacks' Pro Day, clocking 4.66 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Henry's blocking readiness was polarizing in the draft community; some thought he flashed big-time run-blocking potential while others believe Henry's technique needs to be overhauled. Either way, he projects as a passing-game weapon with the ability to create mismatches versus linebackers and safeties.
Apr 29 - 7:32 PM

ESPN Nation Falcons beat reporter Vaughn McClure predicts the team will trade back from No. 17 overall and take Arkansas TE Hunter Henry later on in the first round.

McClure notes that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff loves the depth in the class and would be looking to pick up a Rd. 3 pick. We know several other teams feel the same, so circumstance is clearly driving the bus here. Henry is the class' No. 1 TE, projected to either go late in the first or early in the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 7:24 PM

In combining the attendance numbers from every SEC spring game, the conference finished out drawing 508,994 souls.

Arkansas was the final SEC team to hold a spring game. Their Saturday fling drew 30,546 people to boost the conference over the 500,000 mark. Georgia crammed 93,000 in for their spring contest to lead the SEC. There is nothing particularly substantive about all of these numbers -- nobody will be talking about them in a month -- but even spring bragging rights are still bragging rights.
Apr 24 - 12:27 PM

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry earned 18-of-19 first-place votes for best TE in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's poll of NFL scouts.

Henry obviously finished No. 1 with 75 points. He was trailed in voting by, in order, Austin Hooper (40), Nick Vannett (38) and Jerell Adams (20). "It's just such a really, really hard position now," an NFC personnel director said. "People thought they'd get something out of (Eric) Ebron and (Austin) Seferian-Jenkins two years ago that were disappointments. Colleges are not really producing any (Mark) Chmuras or (Jason) Wittens anymore."
Apr 22 - 1:08 PM

An NFL scout said of Arkansas TE Hunter Henry: "Heath Miller is a good comparison."

"At least he does it (block), and he does it pretty well," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You hit on him, he's going to be a good player." Henry had 116 receptions for 1,661 yards (14.3) and nine scores at Arkansas. "Very soft hands," one scout said. "Good route runner. Gets open consistently. Really good size and can get bigger and stronger to play on the line of scrimmage. He may not be the athlete that Tyler Eifert is but a similar type receiver." A third scout said Henry "can catch the heck out of it" and can "give you enough (blocking) to be a pain in the (expletive)." Chimed in a fourth scout: "He's not a dynamic, special-athlete, difference-maker like Jordan Reed or Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce."
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema named redshirt junior QB Austin Allen the starter for the 2016 season.

Allen is the younger brother of last year's starter, Brandon Allen. Baby brother Austin didn't see much field action in 2015, completing 8-of-16 passes for 153 yards. In last weekend's spring scrimmage, the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder helped secure the starting gig thanks to a nice 15-of-18 showing through the air. He connected on three touchdown passes. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 17 pro-style quarterback recruit for the 2013 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 16 - 1:43 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah notes Arkansas TE Hunter Henry "is starting to gain some steam in personnel circles."

Henry is widely viewed as the No. 1 tight end prospect in this class, but it is difficult to know if that means a late first round pick or even late second round. Henry is a very comfortable receiver who boasts average athleticism. However, he was used from every alignment, made a number of difficult catches and shows a willingness to block. Jeremiah projects Henry to the Texans at No. 22 overall. Henry likely starts the run on tight ends.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 9:38 AM

Arkansas redshirt senior RB Kody Walker suffered a broken right foot during Tuesday's practice.

"It’s a pretty standard foot injury that we’ve dealt with in the past and we expect him to be full-go by June," head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "If anyone knows how to battle adversity it’s Kody Walker." That's because injuries have already stolen two of Walker's seasons, the reason he's eligible this fall for what will be his sixth season on campus. The good news is the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder should be 100-percent healthy for summer camp. He's expected to start.
Apr 14 - 6:58 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams the class' second most underrated runner.

The site believes Williams would have been one of the top runners in the class of 2014 had he declared. Williams elected to return to school and suffered a season-ending foot injury in August, depressing his draft stock. He tested well at the Arkansas Pro Day. In 2014, Williams forced 65 missed tackles and was the nation's 12th-best RB, according to PFF.
Apr 13 - 6:08 PM

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry indicated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that the only official visit he has logged was with the Chicago Bears.

In a thin tight end class, Hunter's lack of official love is somewhat peculiar. He said that he had worked out for five to six teams, but the Bears have served as his lone visit. It's not like there hasn't been buzz around the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, either. An NFL scout who spoke with NJ.com in March believes that Henry has a legitimate claim to the first round, while NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney sees him as a complete package at the position.
Apr 12 - 9:51 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen will "provide excellent value on Day 3," according to Pro Football Focus' John Breitenbach.

In terms of pure passing, Allen was PFF's No. 6 graded QB in 2015, acquitting himself as particularly proficient in the deep and intermediate range across the middle. "Digs, posts and crossing routes were executed with good location, enabling yards after the catch consistently. Designed bootlegs also play to Allen’s strengths," PFF noted. "He lacks the arm to drive sideline passes from the pocket, but throws with good touch outside the numbers on the move. Pressure from the interior also isn’t debilitating, some of [Allen's] most impressive throws came with defenders in his face." Allen is very aware in the pocket, sliding in and out of pressure with ease. Combined with a quick release, he doesn't take many sacks.
Apr 11 - 6:42 PM


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