Arkansas Among Nation’s Elite Schools With Tight Ends Drafted by NFL

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By Otis Kirk

According to CFB Focus, Arkansas is near the top of the schools having tight ends drafted since 2009. 

Arkansas has had five drafted during that time. 

The only two schools with more tight ends drafted during that span is Miami (Fla.) and Stanford with six each. Arkansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Notre Dame are all next with five. 

The Arkansas tight ends drafted during that span includes Jeremy Sprinkle (Round 5, 2017) to the Washington Redskins, Hunter Henry (Round 2, 2016) to the then-San Diego Chargers (now Los Angeles Chargers); AJ Derby (Round 6, 2015) to the New England Patriots; Chris Gragg (Round 7, 2013) to the Buffalo Bills and D.J. Williams (Round 5, 2011) to the Green Bay Packers. 

Henry was taken with the No. 35 pick in 2016 to be the highest drafted of that group. Both Henry and Williams won the Mackey Award given to the nation’s top tight end. Henry captured the award in 2015 while Williams won it in 2010. 

Henry came to Arkansas from Pulaski Academy, Williams went to Central Arkansas Christian, Gragg was Warren, Derby from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and Sprinkle attended White Hall.

The Razorbacks could add to that list in the future since Cheyenne O’Grady is a senior this fall, Grayson Gunter will be a junior and incoming freshman Hudson Henry has been compared to Hunter. 

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