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Smith, Small & Hocker All Drafted On Final Day Of Draft

Three former Razorbacks were selected on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.
  Three former Razorbacks were selected on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.
 Chris Smith was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 159th overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday afternoon.

Smith played in 43 games at Arkansas and made 27 starts, including each of the final 24 games of his career. He recorded 122 tackles, 30.5 for loss with 21.5 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His sacks total ranks fourth on the school’s all-time career list. He earned second-team All-SEC accolades as a senior after ranking fourth in the conference with 8.5 sacks, a number that also is tied for eighth on Arkansas’ single-season list. Smith also ranked fourth in the SEC and 28th in the NCAA with his average of 0.71 sacks per game.

Fullback Kiero Small was the third Razorback off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft when he was selected in the seventh round, 227th overall, by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

"He's a great attitude guy," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. "We love adding him to the team. He's the epitome of a fullback."

Small served his senior season as a co-captain and saw action in all 12 games with eight starts. He had zero negative-yard plays on his 60 touches, finishing the year with 151 yards and three touchdowns on 40 rushes, 128 yards and one touchdown on 19 catches and one 11-yard kickoff return. He also was the lead blocker for the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games and as Alex Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards. The Razorbacks produced eight total 100-yard rushing performances during the 2013 season.

"He's a total thumper," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "I like him a lot. He's super tough. He plays really low and digs guys out. He's got great eyes. Arkansas ran the ball a lot, and it's natural for him because he's so low to the ground."

Small is the first fullback drafted from Arkansas since Peyton Hillis was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Small joins center Travis Swanson and defensive end Chris Smith, who were drafted in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, to give Arkansas three draft picks for the fourth straight year, the second-longest streak in program history and longest since 1969-77.

Kicker Zach Hocker was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins picked him with the 228th overall selection.

Hocker appeared in all 50 games as a Razorback. He finished his career 171-of-173 on PATs and 61-of-79 on field goals for a total of 354 points scored. He also kicked off 201 times for an average of 65.8 yards per kick and 113 touchbacks and punted seven times for an average of 45.7 yards with a long of 77. He broke Arkansas career records for points, field goals made, field goal percentage, PAT attempts and PATs made. His PATs made ranks sixth in SEC history, while his PAT attempts are the seventh-highest total by an SEC kicker. His points total ranks eighth in SEC history, and his field goals made total is tied for 10th in conference history. He made five field goals of 50 yards or longer in his career and was a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior.

"His leg strength is very good," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said. "He was a very productive kicker at Arkansas. He will come in and compete for the kicking spot. We felt like we needed to bring another kicker in to compete and look out with the possibility of having a kickoff specialist. Every other position on the football team has competition, and kicker should be no different. We did a lot of research on the kickers, and Zach's the one we wanted."

Hocker becomes the third kicker drafted in school history and first since 1989. He also is the first kicker not selected by the Cardinals franchise.

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