Chris Smith was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 159th overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday afternoon.
Smith played in 43 games at Arkansas and made 27 starts, including each of the final 24 games of his career. He recorded 122 tackles, 30.5 for loss with 21.5 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His sacks total ranks fourth on the school’s all-time career list. He earned second-team All-SEC accolades as a senior after ranking fourth in the conference with 8.5 sacks, a number that also is tied for eighth on Arkansas’ single-season list. Smith also ranked fourth in the SEC and 28th in the NCAA with his average of 0.71 sacks per game.
Smith is the second Razorback defensive end picked in the last three drafts. In 2012, Jake Bequette was a third-round selection by the New England Patriots.
Smith is the second Razorback drafted this year. Center Travis Swanson was taken in the third round, 76th overall, by the Detroit Lions on Friday. Arkansas has had at least one player taken in the NFL Draft for the 19th straigh year, the second-longest streak in school history.
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