Arkansas Cornerback opts for 2019 NFL Draft

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By Otis Kirk

Junior cornerback Ryan Pulley has opted to enter the 2019 NFL Draft instead of return for his senior season at Arkansas.

Pulley made the announcement on Twitter on Monday.

Arkansas had three players consider the draft, but Pulley is the only one who has opted to leave. Linebacker De’Jon Harris and defensive lineman McTelvin Agim have announced their intentions to stay at Arkansas for the 2019 season.

Pulley played in 11 games in 2018 with nine starts. He finished with 37 tackles, including 30 unassisted, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was suspended for the Missouri game following an incident at Mississippi State. He also didn’t start the Tulsa game following a late ejection the previous week against Ole Miss. 

Pulley signed with Arkansas in the Class of 2015 out of Fort Myers (Fla.) Island Coast High School. He was injured in the 2017 season opener and could have used that as a redshirt year had he chosen to remain at Arkansas. 

Prior to the 2018 season, Pulley had played in 24 games with 14 starts. He had 58 tackles, including 40 unassisted, 0.5 tackle for loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 15 pass breakups. 

As a senior at Island Coast, Pulley had 29 tackles, two interceptions and 16 pass breakups while catching 25 passes for 410 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Redshirt freshman Jarques McClellion started nine games at the cornerback spot opposite Pulley. Redshirt freshman Montaric Brown started three games at cornerback in place of Pulley including Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Missouri. 

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