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Patriots selected Arkansas TE A.J. Derby with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Derby (6'4/255) played two years at Arkansas after transferring from community college, spending the first as a backup quarterback and the second at tight end. He caught 22 balls for 303 yards and three TDs as a senior. Originally a four-star recruit to Iowa, Derby plays with physicality and toughness, and offers plus athleticism with 4.72 speed and a 6.99 three-cone time. Turning 24 before his rookie year, Derby is an overaged project, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of him becoming an NFL contributor. He is a natural pass catcher with starting-caliber physical tools.
May 2 - 4:38 PM

Chargers selected Arkansas DL Darius Philon with the No. 192 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Philon (6'1/298) left Arkansas as a redshirt sophomore after racking up 20.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles as an 18-game starter. He showed plus movement skills at the Combine, running a 5-flat forty with a 31-inch vertical. A three-technique prospect with a highly explosive get-off at the snap, Philon offers ideal quickness and a high ceiling as a 21-year-old with lots of room for growth.
May 2 - 4:25 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas CB Tevin Mitchel with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The corner suffered through a hamstring injury earlier in 2014 and missed the first two games of the season. He also tore his labrum last spring. A College Gridiron Showcase alum, Mitchel collected four interceptions, 18 pass breakups and six tackles for loss across 43 career games. He ran a 4.45.
May 2 - 4:20 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas LB Martrell Spaight with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Spaight (6'0/236) spent two seasons with the Razorbacks after transferring from community college, exploding as a senior to lead Arkansas with 128 tackles (10.5 for a loss) and force a pair of fumbles. He was a first-team All-SEC pick. Spaight showed passable athleticism in Indy, running 4.88 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. A physical, attacking weak-side linebacker in college, Spaight lacks sideline-to-sideline range and may be best suited to play inside in the pros. He'll open his career on special teams.
May 2 - 1:57 PM

Patriots selected Arkansas DE Trey Flowers with the No. 101 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Flowers (6'2/266) was a 39-game starter at Arkansas, compiling 47.5 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and four forced fumbles as a two-time All-SEC second-team selection. Although Flowers ran a plodding 4.93 at the Combine, he impressed in the vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. Flowers has some stiffness athletically, but is a long-armed (34 1/2") power player executes with an incredible amount of force. Flowers' best NFL fit is as a strong-side end who stops the run first, and rushes the passer second.
May 2 - 12:14 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "reminds me of LaMarr Woodley coming out of Michigan," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He physically can play the run," Gruden said. "He could be an outside linebacker and stand on his feet. He has the ability to move on a zone blitz, read the quarterback, break on the ball and intercept it. He is instinctive, he is physical and he is relentless." The former coach loves Flowers' versatility as it translates to the NFL. "A lot of times, teams are forcing you to play nickel all the time, anyway, and the outside linebacker in a 3-4 plays defensive end in the nickel. I need a guy who can play both positions. Flowers can do that," Gruden said.
Apr 28 - 10:08 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "could be a bargain for the right team," according to Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

"He is a well-rounded player, registering 61 total pressures in 2014 as a pass-rusher but doing his best work against the run," McGuinness wrote. "While some have questioned his ability to get pressure at the next level, he'll hit the ground running in the NFL as a run defender, utilizing the power that proved too much for most offensive linemen at the college level." The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. It's possible he could be had in Round 3.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 8:27 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "shows up to play on every single snap," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. "His motor is outstanding, as is his toughness, and he plays with fire," McShay wrote. "He isn't the best athlete for the position, but he's a relentless pass-rusher who possesses above-average power against the run, doing a good job of setting the edge. He played all over the Razorbacks' defensive front, and that versatility projects to the NFL as well." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler projects him as a third-rounder.
Apr 24 - 7:25 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "ranks among the most underrated prospects in the entire 2015 draft," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Flowers lacks ideal height but his disproportionately long arms (34¼ inches), strength and toughness make him one of this year's better overall defensive ends -- and considering the talent among edge rushers in 2015, that's quite the accomplishment," Rang wrote. The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and colleague Dane Brugler projects him as a third-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:59 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior CB Jarred Collins "has a wiry, thin-limbed frame and can be out-muscled on the perimeter, but he plays with excellent play speed and isn't afraid to come downhill vs. the run," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

In his first year as starter in 2014, Collins led the SEC in pass break-ups (13). If he repeats the performance, the NFL is going to come calling. "Although he needs to clean up his break down skills, Collins is tough-minded with light feet to stay on top of receivers and compete for the ball at the catch point," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 7:36 PM

If his health checks out, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Arkansas TE A.J. Derby "is draftable as a developmental tight end or H-back who should continue and get better for a team that invests in him."

Derby has knee issues and is raw as a tight end, but the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has great physical tools, making him an intriguing Day 3 option in a weak TE class. "He lined up mostly inline and in the backfield and played on special teams in 2014, showing natural athletic traits that fit the position with adequate size," Brugler wrote. "His lack of length and strength stand out, the latter obviously is something he needs to improve at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 5:59 PM

Arkansas DT Darius Philon "is still filling out his frame and will likely need a redshirt year as a rookie in the NFL because of his youth, but he has potential to be a mid-round pick and should at worst be a sub-package penetrating three-technique in a 4-3 scheme," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Philon is better known in college circles than in the NFL circles, but that could change. He committed to Alabama on signing day, but Nick Saban wanted him to greyshirt, making Philon a free agent. Many schools pounced, but he committed to Arkansas, redshirted in 2012, and was a big contributor for the past two years. "He started 18 games the past two seasons and flashed with his quick feet, active hands and low pad level to burst through gaps into the backfield," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 4:46 PM

Arkansas LB Martrell Spaight "is a quick read/react player with an overachieving attitude, but plays overaggressive and ends up taking wasted steps, limiting his effectiveness in space," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the No. 209 player in the class (No. 17 OLB) and Brugler projects him as a sixter-rounder. "It's easy to appreciate his game and there will be NFL coaches pounding the table on draft weekend in order to work with him, but he projects as more of a back-up at the next level and mid-to-late round pick," Brugler wrote. We basically agree with Brugler's entire assessment here. Spaight is a flash player with great aggression and a propensity for big hits, but he over-pursues and is out of position too often.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 3:44 PM

Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry "is definitely on the short list of tight ends to watch next year," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former top recruit posted 37 catches, 513 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. "The Little Rock product is a well-rounded tight end, showing the athleticism needed to be a mismatch in coverage, but also the toughness and point of attack strength to block inline," Brugler wrote. "Henry is extremely competitive at the catch point and shows a lot of the traits NFL scouts seek at the position for the next level." The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder runs a 4.79 40-yard dash.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 3:13 PM

Arkansas junior RB Alex Collins "needs to become more versatile on offense, but the natural talent is promising," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Collins hasn't been a factor in the passing game and had only three catches last year. "He reminds some scouts of Isaiah Crowell when he was at Georgia with the explosive lower body to slash through defenses, running low to the ground with balance to pick up yards after contact," Brugler wrote. Collins has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, becoming the first Razorback to do that since Darren McFadden. A third 1k season is in the offing if he stays healthy.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 2:40 PM


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