FAYETTEVILLE - Four Razorbacks were selected during the three-day 2014 NFL Draft, which concluded Saturday. The total pushes Arkansas' all-time draftee number to 189, including 22 first-round selections.
Arkansas produced at least three draft picks for the fourth straight year, which ranks as the second-longest streak in school history and longest since 1969-77. In the last four drafts, Arkansas' 12 offensive players selected ranks second in the SEC and tied for fourth in the NCAA.
The Razorbacks had at least one draft pick for the 19th consecutive year, a streak that also ranks second in school history. The school record for consecutive drafts featuring at least one Razorback is 23 from 1965-87.
During Friday's third round, Travis Swanson became the highest-drafted center in school history when the Detroit Lions selected him with the 76th overall pick. Saturday featured three picks led by Chris Smith taken in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose staff coached him at the Senior Bowl. Kiero Small was picked in the seventh round by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, and one pick later Zach Hocker became the third kicker in program history drafted when he was selected by the Washington Redskins.
With 14 former players taken this year, the current Arkansas coaching staff has coached 169 draft picks, including 27 first-round selections. During Thursday's first round, Ja'Wuan James, an offensive lineman coached at Tennessee by Jim Chaney and Sam Pittman, was selected 19th overall by the Miami Dolphins and Jason Verrett, a cornerback coached at TCU by Clay Jennings, was taken 25th overall by the San Diego Chargers.
Friday's two rounds featured four more draft picks coached by the current Razorback coaching staff. Bishop Sankey, a record-setting running back coached at Washington by Joel Thomas, was the 54th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans. Safety Dezmen Southward and linebacker Chris Borland, both coached at Wisconsin by Bret Bielema, were sandwiched around Swanson's selection in the third round. Southwward was picked 68th overall by the Atlanta Falcons and Borland was taken 77th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Eight more were added to the list in four rounds Saturday. Russell Bodine, a center coached at North Carolina by Coach Pittman, and James White, a running back at Wisconsin for Coach Bielema, were taken in the fourth round before Smith's fifth-round selection. Another Wisconsin product, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, was picked in the fifth round before Tennessee offensive guard Zach Fulton was taken in the sixth. Beau Allen, a defensive tackle from Wisconsin, was taken off the board two picks before Small and Hocker.