How’d those Razorbacks do in the NFL draft?
The NFL draft has ended so the time is right to make a record of which Arkansas Razorbacks players went where and in which rounds.
First of all, there’s the highly-touted Ryan Mallett. The quarterback opted to turn pro rather than spending his senior year at Arkansas. While a lot of us in the Natural State hoped he would stick around for another year and set a few more school records, it’s hard to blame him for moving on to the NFL.
Initially, there was a lot of speculation that Mallett would be picked up in the first round of the draft. There was also a lot of negative buzz surrounding Mallett, such as a Dallas publication running a story in which George Dunham referred to the quarterback as a potential “Ryan Leaf starter kit” (ouch!) and a lot of chatter about character issues.
In the end, Mallett went to the New England Patriots in the third round where he’ll back up Tom Brady. So much for the “Ryan Leaf” reference — Mallett will learn a system in a team that remains competitive and that he may one day lead. Brady can teach an up and coming pro quarterback a thing or two, to boot. Here’s hoping Mallett turns out to be an ideal fit for New England.
Mallett may have grabbed the headlines, but he wasn’t the only Razorbacks in the NFL draft. D.J. Williams, a tight end, went to the Green Pay Packers in the fifth round whereas offensive lineman DeMarcus Love went to the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round.
In a somewhat related story, Peyton Hillis will be featured on the cover of the Madden 2012 video game. Hillis, of course, is a former Arkansas running back who was drafted by Denver in 2008 and traded to Cleveland last year where he anchored the Browns’ rushing attack and had a breakout year.
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