• Mark Jarvis

Arkansas Notes

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The Arkansas Razorbacks have been a middling team in the SEC for almost a decade now. Their last time ending the season ranked was 2011 when the team went 11-2 and finished 5th in the polls. Despite the lack of success as a team they've been able to get several players drafted throughout the Bret Bielema years. Most notably among these selections is Frank Ragnow, a center who went 20th overall to the Detroit Lions in last year's draft.

This year's class is no different from previous ones, as multiple Razorbacks figure to be drafted come April. Most notably among them is Ragnow's running mate Hjalte Froholdt who occupies the left guard spot on the offensive line. Froholdt isn't the finisher that Ragnow was, but he's a big-bodied guy who shows excellent awareness in pass protection and a knack for silencing SEC pass-rushers. Froholdt went head to head with talented players like Alabama's Isaiah Buggs and did not back down. He's got a great natural anchor and a wide base that absorbs contact without trouble. Look for Froholdt as a potential day two selection if he continues to be ol' reliable for the team.

Brian Wallace and Johnny Gibson both spent time starting on the line with Froholdt last season, although neither was impressive enough to warrant a draft pick at this stage of their development. Wallace was much more reliable while holding down the right tackle spot, as he used his length and mass to maul people out of the gate. The potential is there if he can become more technical in pass protection. At the moment he is unreliable with his lateral movement and footwork when trying to protect the arc. Gibson is much more questionable as a pro prospect than his counterpart is. He's a massive man at 345 pounds but it may not all be good weight. Gibson seems late to reach his landmarks and lacks the quickness you'd like to see for a professional athlete. If he can trim down and learn to maximize his strength there is a chance he plays in several camps during his career.

Despite being uncomfortable working as a true off-ball linebacker Randy Ramsey has an appealing frame if he can add some bulk to it. He's most natural playing at the line of scrimmage, but has shown versatility during his time with Arkansas. His pass-rush arsenal is still being developed, but he has the length to control distance. Ramsey is only 230 pounds at the moment and will likely need to pack on weight if he wants a shot at playing edge in a 3-4. Keep an eye out for him to get an opportunity if he looks more developed chasing the quarterback as a senior. The odds aren't in his favor to hear his name called, but he should reach camp.

Speaking of linebackers, Dre Greenlaw looks like a legitimate NFL caliber player. He's somewhat undersized at 6'0" and 230 pounds, but Greenlaw is a reliable tackler who has an understanding of run defense that few college linebackers have. Even though Greenlaw is not an explosive player he has shown the lateral movement skills and coverage intelligence to hold down the interior. When the ball is moving so is Greenlaw. I put a third round grade on him as a result of his consistency and reliability. Watch for his name to be mentioned as a sleeper if he puts together some quality performances against top competition in the conference.

Greenlaw may be the leader in the front seven, but safety Santos Ramirez is the traffic cop on the back end of the defense. Ramirez has roamed all across that defense, but he looks most comfortably playing in the box. His athleticism is going to be worrisome and he'll need to react faster to make up for those limitations. He's able to bring down runners when he makes contact and has no shortage of hustle in his game. I gave him a seventh round grade, although a grade that I gave very tentatively. He has the potential to get picked up with an excellent season and a strong showing in athletic testing. The question will be whether or not he ever surpasses a backup role.

To recap

OG Hjalte Froholdt: Early 3rd Round

LB Dre Greenlaw: Middle 3rd Round

S Santos Ramirez: Early 7th Round

OT Brian Wallace: Undrafted

EDGE Randy Ramsey: Undrafted

OG Johnny Gibson: Undrafted

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Arkansas Notes