Four Razorbacks Selected in NFL Draft


FAYETTEVILLE — Four Arkansas players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Fullback Kiero Small (Seattle Seahawks) and place kicker Zach Hocker (Washington Redskins) were the final Razorbacks selected when they were pulled off the board with the 227th and 228th picks in the seventh round Saturday.

The two joined center Travis Swanson (Detroit Lions) and defensive end Chris Smith (Jacksonville Jaguars), who were selected in the third and fifth rounds, respectively.

It was the third straight season the Razorbacks have had four players selected in the NFL Draft.

“It’s a great feeling, a great feeling,” Small said during a conference call with reporters in Seattle after being selected Saturday evening. “The Seahawks are one of my favorite teams. Just the brand of football they play. For them to think enough of me to bring me in, draft me, is just a great feeling.”

Several other Razorbacks were not selected, but will try to sign free agent contracts now that the seven-round draft is over.

The group includes defensive tackles Robert Thomas and Byran Jones, offensive tackle David Hurd, receivers Javontee Herndon and Julian Horton and safety Eric Bennett.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau