ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. Ranks Seven Former Razorbacks as NFL Draft Nears

Ryan Pulley at practice

By Otis Kirk

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has included seven former Razorbacks in his position rankings for the 2019 NFL Draft that begins on Thursday, continues Friday and concludes on Saturday.

The seven former Arkansas players with their position rankings are wide receiver Jared Cornelius (80), offensive tackle Brian Wallace (46), offensive guard Hjalte Froholdt (21), defensive tackle Armon Watts (18), outside linebacker Dre Greenlaw (19), cornerback Ryan Pulley (35) and safety Santos Ramirez (34).

The first round of the NFL Draft will be Thursday followed by the second and third rounds on Friday. On Saturday, the final four rounds will be held. There’s a possibility of some Razorbacks going on Friday and a very good likelihood on Saturday.

Froholdt, 6-4 1/2, 310, could hear his name called first. Froholdt, who is from Denmark, came to Arkansas from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy as a defensive tackle. After one year on the defensive line he moved to offense. He played both guard and center at Arkansas. He had 37 starts with Arkansas.

Pulley, 5-11, 198, left school following his junior season. In 35 games, he had 24 starts with the Hogs. He finished with 96 tackles, including 70 solo, four for loss, a sack, one fumble recovery, six interceptions and 21 pass breakups. He came to Arkansas from Fort Myers (Fla.) Island Coast High School.

Greenlaw, 5-11 3/4, 227, played at Fayetteville High School before inking with the Hogs. At Arkansas he played in 41 games with 38 starts. He finished with 320 tackles, including 158 solo, 13 for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, a trio of interceptions, five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. He has met with the Dallas Cowboys and others.

Watts, 6-5, 298, played in 26 games with the Hogs including 11 starts, all in 2018. He had 56 tackles, including 29 unassisted, 8.5 for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. Watts really emerged as a senior in John Chavis’ defense.

Watts and offensive tackle Brian Wallace, 6-5 1/2, 320, both came to Arkansas from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High School. Wallace started all 12 games his senior season. He chose the Hogs over a long list of national powers including Alabama coming out of high school. He had 29 starts with the Hogs. 

Cornelius, 5-11 1/2, 203, came to Arkansas from Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy. He played in 46 games with 17 starts. He caught 87 passes for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns. He rushed 25 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 28 punts for 269 yards. 

Ramirez, 6-2, 204, also came to Arkansas from Shreveport Evangel Christian Academy. In 48 game, he had 34 starts. He finished with 218 tackles, including 124 solo, 2.5 for loss, five forced fumbles, one recovered, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. 

Arkansas has others in addition to these seven who might be candidates to sign undrafted free agent contracts as well. 

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