Huckeba Selected by Seattle Seahawks; Four Oth
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ Jeb Huckeba became the second Razorback to hear his name in the 2005 NFL Draft when the All-Southeastern Conference defensive end was selected in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Huckeba was the 159th overall selection by the Seahawks and will join former Razorback teammate and free safety Ken Hamlin on the Seattle roster. He was the second pick off the Hogs’ 2004 roster after quarterback Matt Jones was selected as the 21st pick overall in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.
Huckeba is only the second Arkansas player drafted by the Seattle franchise joining Hamlin who was taken in the second round of the 2003 draft. The Searcy, Ark., product turned in a standout senior season earning first-team all-conference honors from league coaches after posting 56 tackles. Huckeba racked up a team-high 13.0 tackles for loss (-51) and 6.5 sacks (-41). For his career, Huckeba tallied 210 stops including 32.0 tackles for loss (-92).
Huckeba is the 21st Razorback selected in the NFL Draft since Houston Nutt became Arkansas’ head coach in 1998. He is the eighth former Hog to be drafted in the past two seasons including six Razorbacks in last year’s draft.
In addition, four other Razorbacks were signed to free agent deals on Sunday. Tailback DeCori Birmingham (New England), defensive tackle Arrion Dixon (Kansas City), defensive end Elliott Harris (Pittsburgh) and wide receiver Steven Harris (Washington) will earn an invitation to training camps.
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