By Otis Kirk
The 2019 NFL Draft has concluded and three Razorbacks were chosen on Saturday. In addition, at least five others signed as undrafted free agents following the draft.
Offensive guard Hjalte Froholdt was the first Razorback taken. He was picked by the New England Patriots in the fourth round with pick No. 118 on Saturday.
Great weekend in Fayetteville! So pumped for @HFroholdt and his family! @Patriots got a great one! Relentless worker that I can’t wait to watch for years to come! #trenchhogs pic.twitter.com/e6GLBmJJMc — Dustin Fry (@coachdustinfry) April 29, 2019
Froholdt was the only offensive guard drafted by the Patriots. They also took West Virginia offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste in Round 3 with pick No. 101. In all, the Patriots had 10 picks in the seven rounds.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw was the next Razorback to go off the board. He was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in Round 5 with pick No. 148. Greenlaw was the only linebacker chosen by the 49ers. They had eight picks using three for defense, a punter and four on offense.
In Round 6, the Minnesota Vikings selected defensive tackle Armon Watts with the No. 190 pick. Watts was the only defensive lineman chosen by the Vikings. They had 12 picks and used four on defense.
The five undrafted Razorbacks known to be headed to teams are offensive tackle Brian Wallace, cornerback Ryan Pulley, offensive guard Johnny Gibson, defensive end Randy Ramsey and safety Santos Ramirez.
Wallace is headed to the Denver Broncos. Denver only had six picks in the draft and used a second-round one on Kansas State offensive tackle Dalton Risner. So Wallace is going to a situation where he should have a chance to stick.
Pulley signed with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals had 11 picks in the draft and chose Washington cornerback Byron Murphy in Round 2. They also chose a safety, but that was the only defensive back picks they used.
Gibson will play for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles only had five picks in the entire draft. They did choose Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard in Round 1, but then didn’t choose another lineman on that side of the ball.
Ramsey is a Green Bay Packer. The Packers chose Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary in the first round. The Packers had eight picks using five on defense. In addition to Gary, the Packers chose a defensive tackle, inside linebacker cornerback and safety.
Ramirez was picked up by the New York Jets. The Jets had six picks in the draft, but didn’t draft a safety. They did use four of the six picks for defense. They chose a defensive tackle, outside linebacker, inside linebacker and cornerback. They took Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick in the first round.
For Arkansas, the three picks allowed them stretch their streak of 24 consecutive years having at least one player drafted.
This year’s #NFLDraft marks the 24th straight year a 🐗 has been drafted – the 4th longest streak in the @SEC!#WPS #ProHogs pic.twitter.com/UjHT7bsL7P — Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) April 29, 2019
The streak started in 1996 with linebacker Steve Conley going to Pittsburgh in Round 3 and defensive tackle Junior Soli going in the fifth round to the San Diego Chargers.
In both 2004 and 2008 the Razorbacks had six players chosen in the draft.