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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora passes along that he "continues to hear" that Arkansas C/G Frank Ragnow is being viewed as the top center prospect in the class.

For much of the draft process, we've seen Ohio State's Billy Price and Iowa's James Daniels trumpeted as the top center prospects in this class. Ragnow (6'5/312) appears to be putting some heat on those two as we speed toward the draft proper, though. La Canfora is of the opinion that the Arkansas rock is not going to be on the board past the Bengals, who own the No. 21 pick in the first round. The Patriots (No. 23), Panthers (No. 24) and Falcons (No. 26) are among the teams who have shown interest in Ragnow through visits and workouts this spring, should he make it past Cincinnati.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 2:41 PM

Arkansas C/G Frank Ragnow went through a private workout for the Patriots and Falcons.

Ragnow is going in the first round. That becomes more and more clear as the draft inches closer. The Bengals, Patriots, Vikings and Falcons are all strong possibilities. He could come in and start at guard or center for a number of teams.
Apr 19 - 9:34 AM

Arkansas C/G Frank Ragnow visited the Panthers on Tuesday.

Ragnow is a darkhorse candidate for the No. 24 overall pick. Ragnow missed the Senior Bowl due to injury, but has moments of absolute dominance. Just turn on his game against Alabama and you see Ragnow push Da'Ron Payne off the ball snap after snap. The Panthers have a need at guard and a future need at center.
Apr 18 - 9:56 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that three centers will be drafted by the middle of the second-round.

Pauline expects Iowa C James Daniels and Ohio State's Billy Price will go in the first round, and that while Price came in with the highest helium, Daniels could go first because of Price's pectoral issues. Pauline also hears that Arkansas C Frank Ragnow will go in the middle of the second round, and that the New England Patriots could be interested in him. Centers often go lower in the draft because of presumed positional value, but they've made a comeback over the last few years, and this appears to be a strong class.
Apr 13 - 8:16 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior TE Will Gragg is expected to transfer.

He's expected to leave the program with his degree, so he'll be eligible for immediate playing time in 2018. The brother of NFL tight and former Razorback Chris Cragg, Will made five catches in 2017 and never established himself as a receiving option in the Arkansas offense. He'll look to change that for whatever team he plays for in 2018 this fall.
Apr 13 - 7:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Arkansas C Frank Ragnow to Houston Texans OL Nick Martin.

Ragnow was on his way to becoming a potential day one selection before a high ankle sprain forced him to miss most of the year and also the NFL Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound center is athletic enough to get to the second level and also has the pop and footwork to be a quality blocker both in the run and pass game. The injury is an obvious question mark, and his pad level isn't always consistent according to Zierlein. Ragnow likely goes on Day 2, and a team looking for a plug-and-play center could draft him in the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 8:16 PM

Arkansas completed its 2019 season with a non-conference scheduling of Western Kentucky.

The Razorbacks will face off with the Hilltoppers in Fayetville on Nov. 9 in what will be a one-off showdown, rather than the somewhat more traditional home-and-home. This will be the first time that Arkansas and Western Kentucky have ever played. Beyond WKU, the rest of the non-con schedule for HC Chad Morris and crew in 2019 will consist of Portland State (Sept. 1), Colorado State (Sept. 14) and San Jose State (Sept. 21).
Mar 7 - 12:28 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior WR Jared Cornelius (Achillies) is fully healthy for the start of spring practices.

Under new Hogs HC Chad Morris, Cornelius could be in line for a big season... if he stays healthy. Cornelius (5'11/212) has had difficulties staying on the field and out of the trainer's room.
Mar 3 - 5:01 PM

Arkansas sophomore RB Chase Hayden (leg) is healthy for spring practice.

Hayden (5'11/185) sustained a fractured leg in mid-October which ended up sidelining him for the remainder of the past season. Prior to that unfortunate waylaying, he had rushed for 326 yards (5.3 YPC) and four touchdowns across seven games played. New Razorbacks HC Chad Morris has some pieces to play around with at running back as he boots up spring practice on Thursday. In addition to Hayden, Arkansas also boasts Devwah Whaley and T.J. Hammonds in the running backs room. JUCO transfer Rakeem Boyd could make some noise as well. Athlon Sports' Ryan Wright sees Hayden and Hammonds as perhaps the cleanest fits for Morris' spread offense, but we expect this to be a fluid situation through the summer.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 1 - 1:16 PM

Arkansas HC Chad Morris says redshirt sophomore QB Cole Kelley will begin the spring working with the starters.

However, Morris stopped far short of declaring Kelley the starter, saying he’ll split the snaps evenly between two quarterbacks and that there is not a definite starter at this time. Interestingly, Morris tossed out Daulton Hyatt, but not Ty Storey, suggesting that perhaps Storey isn't seen as a serious player for the job. Kelley was in legal hot water recently, pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated earlier this month.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 28 - 9:52 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DT Trevis Hopper.

Hopper (6'2/260) may "only" be a three-star recruit at this time, but he has the offers of a five-star player. He chooses the Razorbacks over offers from schools like Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Miami, to just name an elite few. He ranks as the 23rd best defensive tackle in the class in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 437th overall. Don't be surprised if Hopper ends up a four-star player before the recruiting cycle ends.
Feb 25 - 12:27 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that Arkansas C Frank Ragnow (ankle) will be unable to perform in athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ragnow (6'5/319) saw his 2017 season cut short near the end of October due to a high ankle sprain. That pesky injury prevented him from playing in the Senior Bowl last month. Looks like it will knock him out for yet another key part of the evaluating process, too. Arkansas will be holding its pro day on March 26. That will be Ragnow's next chance to make a mark in athletic testing. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 3 center prospect in this draft class, trailing only Iowa's James Daniels and Ohio State's Billy Price. While he's been utilized largely at center over the past two campaigns in Fayetteville, Ragnow also has experience at guard. He profiles as a probable Day 2 selection for the spring.
Feb 22 - 2:42 PM

Arkansas redshirt sophomore QB Cole Kelley pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Kelley was arrested on Nov. 12 after he rolled up onto a curb at 4:00 AM. He did not agree to a breathalyzer test at the time. Arkansas suspended him for one game following this indiscretion. He's been sentenced to 90 days in prison, but 89 of those have been suspended, with the final one already credited. All of this just means that Kelley will not actually be serving any time. He will, however, be required to take an alcohol safety test as well as pay $720 in fines and court fees. The 6-foot-7, 268-pound gunslinger started four games in place of an injured Austin Allen last season and will be competing with redshirt junior Ty Storey (among others) for starting honors during the coming campaign.
Feb 22 - 1:32 PM

An NFC area scout who viewed Arkansas QB Austin Allen as a potential NFL backup following the 2016 season told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that he "[doesn't] see it now."

"Allen has shown good command of the Razorbacks play-action attack at times," Zierlein writes, "but he's never been overly accurate and his field vision has let him down too many times." The analyst runs through a litany of demerits in the 6-foot-1, 209-pound signal-caller's game, among them the fact that he missed four games with a shoulder injury in 2017 and did not appear to regain his velocity after returning to action, the fact that he's struggled in his red zone processing (and processing in general) and the fact that he has shown major issues in his ability to diagnose defenses. We don't expect him to be drafted in the spring, an opinion shared by Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 4:53 PM

Pro Football Focus's Analysis Team rates Arkansas C Frank Ragnow was one of the most versatile offensive weapons in the class.

Ragnow missed significant time after going down with an ankle injury, but prior to that was rated one of the best centers in the country; finishing with a run grade that ranked only below Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson. "Ragnow is nearly 6-foot-5 and weighs 307 pounds and he has 33 2/8-inch arms so he doesn’t have any physical limitations that would force him into just one offensive line position," they write. "Ragnow mostly played center the last two seasons but has played 15 career games at right guard as well and performed admirably." He currently projects as a Day 2 selection.
Feb 16 - 8:41 PM


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