A Most Meaty Rundown of Razorbacks in the NFL

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Former Arkansas Football Players in the NFL

After the final cuts during preseason, 15 former Arkansas football players remained on active 53-man rosters in the NFL. Here’s a rundown of those players and how they’ve performed week by week in the 2023 season. Two offensive linemen played especially well Week 3.

Brandon Allen — San Francisco 49ers

Years at Arkansas: 2011-15

NFL Draft: 2016 (6th round, 201st overall)

One of the more polarizing figures in recent Arkansas football history, Brandon Allen ended his college career with an incredible stretch of play and is now the program’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, helping him become a sixth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Allen has spent the last eight seasons as a journeyman backup and spot starter. He has stops with the Jaguars, Rams, Broncos and Bengals, starting a handful of games for the latter two. During the offseason, Allen signed with the 49ers and is now their third-string quarterback behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold.

  • Week 1: Inactive
  • Week 2: Inactive
  • Week 3: Inactive

Montaric Brown — Jacksonville Jaguars

Years at Arkansas: 2017-21

NFL Draft: 2022 (7th round, 222nd overall)

An in-state four-star recruit from Ashdown, Brown evolved into the primary playmaker of the Razorbacks’ secondary by his senior year. He notched first-team All-SEC honors and led the conference with five interceptions. Brown appeared in eight games during his rookie season for Jacksonville, including one start, and notched six total tackles. 

  • Week 1: 1 D snap, 3 ST snaps… No stats
  • Week 2: 3 ST snaps… No stats
  • Week 3: Inactive

Treylon Burks — Tennessee Titans

Years at Arkansas: 2019-21

NFL Draft: 2022 (1st round, 18th overall)

The top prospect in the state of Arkansas for the Class of 2019 according to 247 Sports. Burks finished his junior season with 66 catches and 1104 yards before declaring for the NFL draft. He also became the first opening-round pick since Frank Rangnow in 2018. Burks appeared in 11 games for the Titans his rookie season and caught 33 passes for 454 yards. 

  • Week 1: Started, 57 O snaps… 2 receptions on 3 targets, 18 yards
  • Week 2: Started, 42 O snaps… 3 receptions on 4 targets, 76 yards
  • Week 3: Started, 36 O snaps…1 reception on 6 targets, 5 yards

Kamren Curl — Washington Commanders

Years at Arkansas: 2017-19

NFL Draft: 2020 (7th round, 216th overall)

Curl instantly became a starter at Arkansas after choosing the Razorbacks over among others, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and TCU. Curl racked up 76 tackles in his final season as a Razorback in 2019, good for second-most on the team. In the three years since, Curl has started 37 games in the NFL, totaling four sacks and 270 combined tackles. 

  • Week 1: Started, 62 D snaps… 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 TFL, 1 PBU
  • Week 2: Started, 66 D snaps… 9 tackles (4 solo)
  • Week 3: Started, 68 D snaps… 6 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL

Hjalte Froholdt — Arizona Cardinals

Years at Arkansas: 2015-18

NFL Draft: 2019 (4th round, 118th overall)

Froholdt is only the seventh player in NFL history to come from Denmark. After spending four years on the Hill including three seasons on the starting offensive line, Froholdt has appeared in 31 games including six starts for the Browns last year.

  • Week 1: Started, 62 O snaps, 4 ST snaps
  • Week 2: Started, 65 O snaps, 5 ST snaps
  • Week 3: Started, 61 O snaps, 6 ST snaps (did not allow a QB pressure and helped the Cardinals record a season-high 222 yards in their first win of the season)

Dre Greenlaw — San Francisco 49ers

Years at Arkansas: 2015-18

NFL Draft: 2019 (5th round, 148th overall)

14th all-time on the Arkansas tackles list, Greenlaw is one of the best defensive players to come from Arkansas in recent memory. He had 127 combined tackles last season and was a key piece of the San Francisco defense that ranked tops in the league in points per game allowed and made the NFC Championship game. 

  • Week 1: Started, 61 D snaps, 1 ST snap… 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 TFL
  • Week 2: Started, 79 D snaps… 12 tackles (7 solo), 1 PBU
  • Week 3: Started, 42 D snaps… 5 tackles (4 solo),

Hunter Henry — New England Patriots

Years at Arkansas: 2013-15

NFL Draft: 2016 (2nd round, 35th overall)

Across his 3 years at Arkansas, Henry caught 116 passes for 1661 yards and was the 2015 winner of the John Mackey Award (nation’s best tight end). He also is tied for the most 100+ yard receiving games in Razorback history. Splitting time between the San Diego Chargers and the Patriots across 6 years, Henry has racked up 3,434 yards with 32 touchdowns. 

  • Week 1: Started, 63 O snaps… 5 receptions on 6 targets, 56 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 2: Started, 68 O snaps, 5 ST snaps… 6 receptions on 7 targets, 52 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 3: Started, 62 O snaps, 1 ST snap… 2 receptions on 5 targets, 17 yards

Jerry Jacobs — Detroit Lions

Years at Arkansas: 2020

NFL Draft: UDFA (2021)

Jacobs transferred to Arkansas as a graduate student from Arkansas State. He started the first three games of the 2020 season and recorded 17 tackles before being replaced in the starting lineup. He subsequently opted out of the rest of the season. In two years in the NFL, Jacobs has started 17 games and recorded 57 solo tackles. 

  • Week 1: Started, 65 D snaps… 5 tackles (5 solo)
  • Week 2: Started, 72 D snaps, 8 ST snaps… 8 tackles (6 solo)
  • Week 3: Started, 66 D snaps… 7 tackles (7 solo)

Jeremiah Ledbetter — Jacksonville Jaguars

Years at Arkansas: 2015-16

NFL Draft: 2017 (6th round, 205th overall)

Ledbetter spent his final two years of eligibility at Arkansas after a stellar career at the community college level. He started 25 games for Arkansas and racked up 7.5 sacks. Across four seasons Ledbetter has appeared in 21 games without a start.

  • Week 1: 26 D snaps, 3 ST snaps… 1 tackle (0 solo)
  • Week 2: 24 D snaps, 3 ST snaps… No stats
  • Week 3: 25 D snaps, 7 ST snaps… 4 tackles (3 solo)

Frank Ragnow — Detroit Lions

Years at Arkansas: 2014-17

NFL Draft: 2018 (1st round, 20th overall)

The nation’s top-rated center according to Pro Football Focus his last 2 years in college, Ragnow has started 65 games over the past 5 years at center, leading to two Pro Bowl selections (2020, 2022). Going into 2023 season, Ragnow was looking to play through an “inoperable” toe injury. 

  • Week 1: Started, 70 O snaps
  • Week 2: Started, 66 O snaps
  • Week 3: Started, 70 O snaps (did not allow a QB sack and helped pave way to Lions racking up 358 yards of total offense)

John Ridgeway — Washington Commanders

Years at Arkansas: 2021

NFL Draft: 2022 (5th round, 178th overall)

Ridgeway transferred from Illinois State after a decorated career at the FCS level; he immediately slotted in as a starter on the defensive line and made 39 tackles in 11 games. In his rookie season, Ridgeway appeared in 15 games (four starts) and finished the year with 24 tackles. 

  • Week 1: 16 D snaps, 4 ST snaps… 1 tackle (0 solo)
  • Week 2: 19 D snaps, 6 ST snaps… 3 tackles (2 solo)
  • Week 3: 20 D snaps, 7 ST snaps… 1 tackle (1 solo)

Drew Sanders — Denver Broncos

Years at Arkansas: 2022

NFL Draft: 2023 (3rd round, 67th overall)

The crown jewel of the 2022 transfer class, Sanders came from making starts for Nick Saban and Alabama to becoming a leader of the Razorback defensive unit. Sanders was also a finalist for the Butkus Award (best linebacker), the first in Arkansas’ history. Sanders had eight tackles and an interception of former Georgia quarterback Stinson Bennett early in preseason play.

  • Week 1: 12 ST snaps… No stats
  • Week 2: 4 D snaps, 18 ST stats… No stats
  • Week 3: Started, 44 D snaps, 19 ST snaps… 1 tackle (0 solo)

Ricky Stromberg — Washington Commanders

Years at Arkansas: 2019-22

NFL Draft: 2023 (3rd round, 97th overall)

After an injury to Austin Capps in week 2 of his freshman campaign opened up a spot on the offensive line, Stromberg built a 4-year career that included 44 overall starts and won the 2022 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner. Since being drafted, he has appeared in all three preseason games for the Commanders. 

  • Week 1: 3 O snaps
  • Week 2: 1 O snap
  • Week 3: Inactive

Armon Watts — Pittsburgh Steelers

Years at Arkansas: 2014-18

NFL Draft: 2019 (6th round, 190th overall)

Forty nine of Watts’ 56 tackles came in his senior campaign, where he saw action in all 12 games. After sparingly playing his first 2 years in the league, Watts became a starter with the Vikings in year three. He has totaled 125 total tackles and eight sacks across his career. Watts signed with the Steelers during the 2023 offseason. 

  • Week 1: Inactive
  • Week 2: 22 D Snaps,… 2 tackles (2 solo)
  • Week 3: Inactive

Deatrich Wise Jr. — New England Patriots

Years at Arkansas: 2012-16

NFL Draft: 2017 (4th round, 131st overall)

Top 10 in Arkansas history with 16.5 career sacks, Wise graduated from the Razorbacks and started on and off his first 5 years in the NFL before slotting into a full-time starter at defensive end for Bill Belichick last year. He was part of the 2019 team that beat the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. 

  • Week 1: Started, 41 D snaps, 8 ST snaps… 4 tackles (2 solo)
  • Week 2: Started, 43 D snaps, 9 ST snaps… 3 tackles (0 solo)
  • Week 3: 40 D snaps, 7 ST snaps… 2 tackles (1 solo)

Injured Former Arkansas Football Players in the NFL

Trey Flowers — New England Patriots (PUP)

Years at Arkansas: 2011-14

NFL Draft: 2015 (4th round, 101st overall)

Flowers spent all four years at Arkansas and finished his career with 47.5 tackles for loss, good enough for second-most all-time as a Razorback. Flowers is a two-time Super Bowl champion (2016, 2018). He had 2.5 sacks in Super Bowl LI, leading to New England’s improbable 34-27 comeback victory. After playing for the Lions and Dolphins from 2019-2022, Flowers resigned with New England on August 8, 2023. 

As of Week 3, Flowers was listed on the Patriots’ active roster but had not played.

Feleipe Franks — Atlanta Falcons (IR)

Years at Arkansas: 2020

NFL Draft: UDFA (2021)

Franks spent 2020 at Arkansas as the starting quarterback after 4 years at Florida. Franks snapped both Arkansas’ SEC 20-game losing streak and 15-game losing streak against ranked opponents with a 21-14 win against #16 Mississippi State. In the three years since leaving Arkansas,  Franks has appeared in one game for the Falcons and is now taking reps at tight end.  

Dalton Wagner — Las Vegas Raiders (IR)

Years at Arkansas: 2017-22

NFL Draft: UDFA (2023)

A team captain his senior year, Wagner started 40 games across 5 years and was named First-Team All-SEC by Pro Football Focus and second team by the Associated Press. He has since appeared in three preseason games, including a start in the finale against the Cowboys. 

*Mike Woods — Cleveland Browns (NFI)

Years at Arkansas: 2018-20

NFL Draft: 2022 (6th round, 202nd overall)

After making 29 starts and totaling 1,248 receiving yards in his first three years with the Razorbacks, Mike Woods transferred to Oklahoma to finish his collegiate career. In the NFL, he has appeared in 10 games and made five catches for 45 yards.

Former Arkansas Football Players on NFL Practice Squads

McTelvin Agim — Indianapolis Colts

Years at Arkansas: 2016-19

NFL Draft: 2020 (3rd round, 95th overall)

Originally from Texas, McTelvin Agim spent most of his prep days in the Natural State at Hope High School, where he evolved into a five-star recruit. In four seasons with the Razorbacks, he split time between defensive end and defensive tackle before getting drafted by the Broncos as the latter.

Agim played sparingly over three years in Denver, spending most of last year on the practice squad before getting released in December. He was scooped up by the Colts, who also put him on their practice squad, and then signed him to a futures contract for 2023.

De’Jon Harris — Washington Commanders

Years at Arkansas: 2016-19

NFL Draft: UDFA (2020)

Harris received Second-Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press during his final 3 years at Arkansas and became only the fourth Razorback in history to record three straight 100+ tackle seasons. He has appeared in 12 games across 3 years and has one sack.

Matt Landers — Seattle Seahawks

Years at Arkansas: 2022

NFL Draft: UDFA (2023)

Landers led the team in 2022 with 901 yards and recorded four 100+ yard games in his only year at Arkansas after not seeing playing time at Georgia and a pitstop at Toledo. He caught two passes early in preseason. 

Jonathan Marshall — Pittsburgh Steelers

Years at Arkansas: 2016-20

NFL Draft: 2021 (6th round, 207th overall)

Marshall saw significant playing time in his final 3 years. He tallied 6.5 tackles for loss in his senior season. After being drafted by the Steelers, he was picked up by the Jets and appeared in four games in 2021. 

Jason Peters — Seattle Seahawks

Years at Arkansas: 2000-03

NFL Draft: UDFA (2004)

Easily the oldest former Arkansas football player still in the game, Jason Peters is now 41 years old and in his 20th season in the NFL. A tight end in college, he’s become a Hall of Fame-level left tackle in the pros as a nine-time Pro Bowler and member of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team. He most recently had one-year stints with the Bears (2021) and Cowboys (2022) and signed with the Seahawks’ practice squad after both of their starting tackles were injured in Week 1.

Dan Skipper — Detroit Lions

Years at Arkansas: 2013-16

NFL Draft: UDFA (2017)

A four-year starter at Arkansas hailing from Arvada, Colo., Skipper started the second most consecutive games in school history (47). He also holds a school record with three blocked field goals in a single season. During his NFL career, Skipper is perhaps best known for a viral post-game moment, where head coach Dan Campbell praised his performance in his first career start.

He signed with the Colts in August and made their practice squad, but was quickly released. The Lions scooped him up for a fourth time and he actually played 16 offensive snaps and three special teams snaps in Week 3, just a few days after signing. He was sent back down to the practice squad afterward.

T.J. Smith — Minnesota Vikings

Years at Arkansas: 2015-19

NFL Draft: UDFA (2020)

Making 22 starts in his final 2 years on campus, Smith had four tackles for loss his senior season to go along with 2.5 sacks. He has made one regular season appearance for the Vikings each of the last 2 years. 

Unemployed Former Arkansas Football Players

These former Arkansas football players went through training camp with an NFL team, but didn’t survive the cut down to 53-man rosters and weren’t signed to a practice squad.

Latavious Brini — Jacksonville Jaguars

Years at Arkansas: 2022

NFL Draft: UDFA (2023)

A member of Georgia’s first national championship team, Latavious Brini was the Bulldogs’ starting nickel for most of that season, but was replaced late in the year. He opted to enter the transfer portal for his bonus year and landed at Arkansas, where he was a key contributor in the Razorbacks’ injury-ravaged secondary.

Jadon Haselwood — Philadelphia Eagles

Years at Arkansas: 2022

NFL Draft: UDFA (2023)

Haselwood spent 3 years at Oklahoma and led the Sooners with 39 catches in 2021. He transferred to Arkansas in 2022 and led the team with 59 catches, good enough for eighth-best all-time in a single season for the Hogs. Haselwood has caught three passes for 44 yards in preseason games. 

Bumper Pool — Carolina Panthers 

Years at Arkansas: 2018-22

NFL Draft: UDFA (2023)

Arkansas’ all-time leader in tackles and team captain, Pool left Fayetteville as a three-time Coaches Second Team All-SEC defensive player and finished a top 10 nationally in tackles as a junior. He signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent and was subsequently cut before making the roster. 

Jonathan Williams — Washington Commanders

Years at Arkansas: 2012-15

NFL Draft: 2016 (5th round, 156th overall)

After finishing his Razorback tenure with 2,321 yards and 16 touchdowns, Williams played for five teams in his first 5 years in the league (Bills, Saints, Colts, Lions, Commanders). He is coming off his best campaign where he appeared in 13 games (two starts) and rushed for 152 yards on 37 attempts. Williams was placed on the injured reserve today (8/29) with an undisclosed injury and subsequently cut shortly thereafter.

-Andrew Hutchinson and Jarett Fountain contributed to the above report

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