By Otis Kirk
The 2019 NFL Draft will continue tonight and then conclude on Saturday, but it’s never too early to look ahead to 2020.
While there’s possibly a good chance more than four Razorbacks who will be seniors in 2020 could get drafted next year this story has been narrowed to only look at two on each side of the ball. It’s also limited to players who will be seniors in 2020.
Here’s a closer look at two defensive players and then a pair on offense who will be seniors this fall and have a chance to get drafted next year.
De’Jon Harris, Linebacker, 6-0, 245
Scoota led the Razorbacks in 2018 with 118 tackles in 12 games. He had 62 unassisted, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one recovered fumble and a forced one. Harris is a player Chad Morris and John Chavis is counting on for leadership from this fall. He was injured in spring, but still helped mentor the younger linebackers. Outstanding character.
McTelvin Agim, Defensive Line, 6-3, 279
Sosa is bigger than the 279 he was listed on the spring roster. He will concentrate on defensive tackle as a senior after shifting inside and at end the past season. In 2018, Agim had 45 tackles in 12 games. Like Harris he started all 12 games. Those two and safety Santos Ramirez were the only defenders to start all 12 games. Agim also had 19 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, 11 quarterback hurries, one recovered fumble and three forced ones. Morris and Chavis want him to be a leader this summer and fall. He was outstanding in the spring.
Cheyenne O’Grady, Tight End, 6-4, 251
Started off the season being suspended by Morris, but worked his way back into good graces and had a good season. The Hogs need a mature O’Grady to show up this summer and fall ready to go from the season opener. He is a difference maker when on the field. He caught 30 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games with only five starts. He can go get the 50-50 balls and has a chance to play on Sundays if he remains focused on and off the field. Owns a lot of talent.
Devwah Whaley, Running Back, 5-11, 209
Injuries limited Whaley to only seven games in 2018. He had four starts. He rushed 82 times for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 87 yards. Very talented running back who only needs to stay healthy to have a good senior year. The chance at the NFL will be there if he can stay healthy and play as he’s capable of doing. One to watch. Will share carries with Rakeem Boyd and Chase Hayden thus should have a chance to stay fresh and also will enter the NFL without a lot of mileage on his body.
By no means are these the only four who might get drafted in 2020 from Arkansas’ senior class. Others will be looked as the summer goes along.