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NFL.com's Gil Brandt sees "a lot of LaAdrian Waddle" in Arkansas OT David Hurd.

Waddle, of course, was an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in the 2013 class who became a starter for the Lions. "He's got good size and very long arms, which is imperative for an offensive tackle," Brandt wrote of the Razorback. Hurd (6-foot-5 7/8, 308 pounds) could be interesting in the latter part of Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:30 PM

An Eagles LB coach put Arkansas edge player Chris Smith through positional workouts at the school's pro day.

Smith improved his 3-cone time from 7.55 seconds to 7.37 seconds. He has great burst off the line of scrimmage, which was apparent during Senior Bowl week, and it is notable that Smith only participated in outside linebacker drills during the workout. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not think the tape, specifically hand and length use, matches up with the strong all star circuit, however.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 10:39 AM

Arkansas C Travis Swanson struggled through a long day Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Swanson ran a middling 5.28-second 40-yard dash and lifted a troubling 20 reps on the bench, the lowest output of any offensive lineman. His 1.76-second split was a bit more encouraging, but let's be honest: Swanson probably cost himself a little money today. The former Razorback had been trying to fend off USC' Marcus Martin and Colorado State's Weston Richburg for top center prospect honors, and he may have fallen behind for good on Saturday.
Feb 22 - 4:51 PM

Arkansas sophomore-to-be RB Alex Collins has been suspended from team activities for one week.

This includes all team activities outside of meeting with a strength and conditioning coach. Head coach Bret Bielema did not provide his reasoning for the suspension, but did indicate it was not football related. "He's been removed from all social media until further notice," Bielema said. "He's a tremendous young man that has to step up in certain areas to get where we want to be and I think he'll do that."
Feb 12 - 10:45 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks ranks Arkansas C Travis Swanson as the top interior OL in the 2014 class.

"Coaches love "plug and play" prospects capable of immediately making contributions as a starter," Brooks writes. "Swanson fits the bill as an experienced pivot with a polished overall game." The Razorback is followed by UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo, Stanford's David Yankey, Baylor's Cyril Richardson and Colorado State's Weston Richburg. We believe Clemson's Brandon Thomas, Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson and Florida's Jon Halapio belong on this list.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 11:44 AM

Arkansas named Robb Smith defensive coordinator.

Smith, who spent last year as the Bucs' LB coach, was on the job market after Greg Schiano and his staff were dismissed in December. Former Arkansas coordinator Chris Ash was hired by Ohio State. "I've been able to watch Robb Smith grow in the profession, and I know he'll bring in an attacking defensive philosophy that is built specifically to stop offenses in the SEC," Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "Robb has been promoted time and time again at every place he's been. With his background, he captivates a room no matter where he is and players gravitate towards him. He's demonstrated an understanding of what it takes to build a team into a championship program."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 3:07 PM

Arkansas' Travis Swanson and USC' Marcus Martin were rated as the draft's best two centers by draft insider Tony Pauline.

Both pulled third-round grades out of Pauline. The center position is notoriously hard to predict during the draft process because team needs plays such a big role. Razorbacks' head coach Bret Bielema said during the season that Swanson is "no less" than a second-round pick, and we tend to agree with that. Swanson's top competition for No. 1 center might end up coming not from Martin, but from stealthy draft board riser Weston Richburg of Colorado State, who has impressed scouts during the postseason exhibition phase. Richburg earned a 3-4 round grade from Pauline.
Jan 30 - 5:33 PM

Arkansas junior DE Trey Flowers will return to school in 2014.

Flowers added he received a third-round tag from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. The junior has registered 13.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks, this season. He needs to improve his hand use next year.
Jan 6 - 1:05 PM

Arkansas junior DE Trey Flowers has requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Flowers is a longer edge rusher than his counterpart Chris Smith, but neither's tape matches up with their box score production. The junior has registered 13.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks, this season. "I think he's generally intrigued where he's at, where he stands and where he could possibly be drafted at," head coach Bret Bielema added.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:07:00 AM

It is very possible Arkansas senior C Travis Swanson winds up as a first-round pick, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler has heard as much from sources. Head coach Bret Bielema called Swanson "no less" than a second-round pick earlier in the week, and he could end up being the first center off the board.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema believes senior C Travis Swanson will be a second-round pick, at worst.

"I really do truly believe Travis, (who) got invited to the Senior Bowl, if he goes and performs the way I've seen him perform in practice, he will be no less than a second-round draft pick," Bielema said. The head coach has a long history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL. "I just really am blown away with what he can do, how incredibly physical he is, and how much stamina he holds."
Source: Rivals
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema revealed sophomore RB Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins will be held out of the first quarter against Mississippi State.

The two apparently were late for a team meeting this week. Williams and Collins are the team's top two runners, so Bielema obviously is not taking the tardiness lightly.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:57:00 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema believes senior TE Austin Tate should receive more attention from NFL teams.

"I'm trying to use him in every way possible, on special teams, I've tried to incorporate him into everything," Bielema said. "If you can have four or five Austin Tates every year as a senior class, you're going to win a lot of games." The Razorbacks focus on their ground game, so Tate has not been given many offensive chances to show his receiving skill.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:12:00 AM

Arkansas redshirt freshman CB Ray Buchanan Jr. is seeking a transfer.

Buchanan has already received his release from the school. "I don't blame him," Bielema said. "He's not in our two-deep and not in our plans... Why put him in a bad situation?" Buchanan's father played 12 seasons in the NFL.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Arkansas C Travis Swanson accepted an invitation to attend the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Swanson, a Rimington Trophy candidate this season for the nation's best center, has started every game of his Razorback career (48). Hogs coach Bret Bielema, who has plenty of experience with offensive line prospects, thinks the center will skyrocket on draft day. He could be the first center off the board.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:42:00 PM


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