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Coming off a season lost to injury, CBS Sports' Rob Rang still thinks the NFL is monitoring Arkansas redshirt senior WR Demetrius Wilson.

"Wilson missed the entire 2013 campaign after tearing an ACL last August but is expected to take over as the featured X receiver in Arkansas' passing attack this year," Rang wrote. "A two-time all-conference pick at Glendale Community College, Wilson signed with Arkansas over the likes of Tennessee, Arizona and Arizona State and caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Hogs in 2012." Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema told the media in July that Wilson is back to full strength. The Razorbacks, which released redshirt sophomore WR D’Arthur Cowan over the summer, will rely on Wilson heavily this year.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 10:13 PM

Arkansas junior RB Jonathan Williams "shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Bielema maintained Barry Alvarez's tradition of churning out NFL running backs at Wisconsin and in Williams and [sophomore] Alex Collins, the talent is already in place at Arkansas to do the same," Rang wrote. Williams, in fact, took a backseat to SEC Freshman of the Year Collins last year. He rushed for 900 yards and four touchdowns in a complimentary role. "Williams doesn't possess his teammates' acceleration but he's a well-built back who attacks the line of scrimmage and shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang says Arkansas redshirt senior OLB Braylon Mitchell "is light on his feet and changes directions fluidly."

Linebackers coach Randy Shannon brought out the best of Mitchell last year, unleashing him for 77 tackles after the 6-foot-2, 231-pounder had spent most of the previous three campaigns covering kicks. "Mitchell is light on his feet and changes directions fluidly but too often is a step slow in recognizing the play and is more of a tentative grab and drag tackler rather than a heat-seeking missile," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 9:18 PM

Arkansas senior S Alan Turner "has a high, choppy back pedal and does not have ideal straight-line speed," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Turner led the team with 97 tackles and had five pass breakups and two interceptions while starting all 12 games in 2013, his first campaign as a starter. "Turner possesses a short, stout frame for the safety position," Rang wrote. "He is a physical, downhill hitter who likes to duck his head and lead with his shoulder, creating some big collisions. While committed to stopping the run, Turner recognizes his responsibility as the last line of defense and doesn't unnecessarily attack when teammates are in position to make the play, showing patience and awareness. He faces the ball from a staggered set, which makes it easier for him to cover half of the field in pass protection as he has a high, choppy back pedal and does not have ideal straight-line speed." The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Turner runs a 4.59 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 9:05 PM

Arkansas senior CB Tevin Mitchel has been "a bit of enigma," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Mitchel enters his senior campaign having earned starts over the past three seasons but in need of a breakout to assure being drafted," Rang wrote. "The athleticism and bloodlines are there, as Mitchel is the son of former Oklahoma (and New England Patriots) option quarterback and running back Eric Mitchel." The 6-foot, 188-pounder runs a 4.52 forty. "Mitchel is a fluid athlete with natural coverage skills who changes directions easily and flashes the hand-eye coordination to rip passes away as they arrive, as well as make the interception," Rang wrote. "He is a bit of enigma at this point, however, as he has yet to put it all together and enjoy the big year expected given his talent."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 8:36 PM

Arkansas senior OL Brey Cook "is a bit susceptible to quick pass rushers who can squirt through gaps," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The highly-ranked Arkansas native decided to stay home during his recruitment, and has played all over the offensive line for the Razorbacks the past few years. Last season, he made starts at right guard and right tackle. "Cook's size and strength enables him to move defenders in the running game," Rang wrote. "He possesses adequate initial quickness and leverage to drive opponents backward and shows some savvy, incorporating cut blocks and angles to seal defenders from the action. Cook isn't always pretty in pass protection, lumbering a bit in his kick-slide when protecting the edge at tackle but he is effective, showing enough balance and power to latch and control opponents and very good awareness to switch off on combo blocks or to recognize blitzes." He's expected to play right guard again, but the 6-foot-6, 328-pounder could be pushed "back outside at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 8:04 PM

Arkansas senior Trey Flowers "can boost his stock with better burst off the edge and by using his long arms to more consistently affect the vision of quarterbacks," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"His junior tape did not reveal ideal flexibility, explosive quick-twitch or the straight-line speed to be a featured stand-up rusher in the NFL but scouts will appreciate his versatility and the effort he shows in pursuit. Flowers can boost his stock with better burst off the edge and by using his long arms to more consistently affect the vision of quarterbacks," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2013, racking up 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three forced fumbles and an interception. The Razorbacks prospect decided to come back for his senior season after receiving a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in January.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 12:56 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler considers Arkansas senior A.J. Derby, a former QB, a sleeper TE prospect.

Derby is "very raw but talented," according to Brugler. The former quarterback is also a former Iowa Hawkeye, where head coach Bret Bielema played with Derby's father. A.J. offers a 6'4/232 lbs frame.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said senior WR Demetrius Wilson (ACL) is back to full strength.

Wilson suffered a torn ACL in practice last August and missed the entire season. He played in 12 games in 2012, catching nine passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. Wilson returned to the team for spring practices, estimating that he was about 80-percent healthy. Wilson's availability is clutch for Arkansas, which released redshirt sophomore WR D’Arthur Cowan earlier this week.
Jul 5 - 6:49 PM

Arkansas dismissed redshirt sophomore WR D’Arthur Cowan.

"D’Arthur won’t be with us," Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema said. "We need players to do certain things the right way. We tried to work with him on several occasions, but we have to move on." The 2012 three-star recruit caught four passes for 26 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2013. No reason was given for Cowan's release, but the WR has been suspended since the middle of last month due to academics.
Jul 5 - 6:36 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Arkansas senior DE Trey Flowers could be drafted higher than former teammate Chris Smith (Round 5 by the Jaguars).

The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder posted only 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks last season, decent for most, but not the production of a Day 1 or 2 pick. Scouts believe that Flowers could still be growing into his gangly frame, however, and some believe he's about to embark upon a breakout campaign. Flowers elected to return to school for his senior season after receiving a third-round tag from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in January.
Jun 12 - 10:02 PM

Former UNLV senior OG Cameron Jefferson transferred to Arkansas.

Jefferson is eligible to play immediately because he has already graduated, but his defection brings up an interesting fact: Any Rebels player can transfer penalty-free prior to the season because UNLV got slapped with a postseason ban due to low APR scores. The 6-6, 300-pound Jefferson started all 13 games for UNLV at left guard in 2013.
Jun 1 - 8:29 PM

Arkansas senior DE Trey Flowers' "intriguing physical dimensions" have him on NFL scouts' radars as a "wait-and-see" prospect, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"It takes a while for long, gangly defensive ends to find their way as pass rushers, but NFL coaches and scouts are certainly willing to wait on impressive athletes that flash potential early in their careers," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder isn't coming off the most productive season, collecting a respectable-but-not-dominant 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. "Although his flashes are impressive enough to garner serious consideration, Flowers must display more consistency and production to earn a high spot on the list," the analyst wrote. Brooks ranked Flowers No. 10 on his "pass rushers to watch" list.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:21 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said he was emphatic about receiving a six-year deal when he joined the school's staff, likely due to how much of a rebuild was needed with the football program.

Bielema went 3-9 during his first year with the Razorbacks, including going winless against SEC competition. "I haven't won a game, so it's hard to say you know what you're talking about," said Bielema. I'd like to have some Arkansas statistics to brag about." There is no doubt that Bielema has a large contract, but he needs to show improvement this season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 28 - 12:37 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas K Zach Hocker with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Hocker was the Razorbacks' kicker for four seasons, making 61-of-79 field goals in his career. He missed just two extra points. He'll more than likely end up being a camp leg for the Redskins. Kai Forbath would have to faceplant.
May 10 - 6:03 PM


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