FAYETTEVILLE – Three former Arkansas players were picked during the 76th annual NFL Draft, held Thursday through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Quarterback Ryan Mallett was selected in the third round by the New England Patriots, tight end D.J. Williams was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round and offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round.
"I would like to congratulate each of the Arkansas players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft and wish all the departing players the best as they work towards their goals," Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino said. "This group played a significant role in establishing our program and elevating our expectations.Aside from helping us reach a BCS game, many of these players have already earned their degrees and they now join a legacy our teams will work to uphold."
Mallett was selected with the 74th overall pick. Mallett is the fourth Razorback selected as a quarterback in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. He is the ninth Razorback drafted as a quarterback and the first since Kevin Scanlon was taken in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Rams in 1980.
"I am very proud of Ryan Mallett,"Coach Petrinosaid. "It has been great to see him mature on and off the field during his time in Fayetteville as he worked towards his goal of playing in the NFL.Each Saturday I saw him make throws no one else in America was making, and I know he has the physical tools to be successful in the NFL. Ryan played an instrumental part in the transition when I arrived, and I can’t say enough about what he has done for this program."
In his seven seasons as a collegiate head coach,Coach Petrinohas had six starting quarterbacks. With Mallett’s selection, three of those quarterbacks have been taken in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. In his entire coaching career, Coach Petrino has directed eight quarterbacks who have been chosen in the NFL Draft. Seven of the eight quarterbacks have been selected in the first four rounds.
Williams was taken with the 141st overall pick. Williams’ fifth-round selection marks the earliest an Arkansas tight end has been drafted, bettering the seventh-round selection of Jim Collier in 1961 by the New York Giants. Williams is the fourth Razorback tight end drafted and the first since Theo Young was taken in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987.
"Not only is D.J. Williams a tremendous player, but he is a great person who comes from a tremendous family,"Coach Petrinosaid. "D.J. has worked extremely hard to develop his entire game, which will serve him well in the NFL. He is a great ambassador for the University of Arkansas and is an example of what it means to be a Razorback."
Love was selectedwith the 168th overall pick. Love’s selection marks the fifth consecutive year an Arkansas offensive lineman has been selected in the NFL Draft, the longest active streak in the NCAA and the longest streak in school history. Since the streak began in 2007, the Razorbacks rank tied for second in the country with five offensive linemen selected. Overall, 36 offensive linemen have been drafted out of the University of Arkansas.
Arkansas has had at least one player drafted in 16 straight NFL Drafts, the second-longest streak in school history. The record for the most consecutive drafts with a Razorback selected is 23 from 1965-87.
With the three Razorbacks taken this year, Arkansas has now had 177 players drafted in its history.
Active Streaks With At Least One Offensive Lineman DraftedArkansas – 5Alabama – 3Baylor – 3Iowa – 3TCU – 3
Offensive Linemen Drafted Since 2007Iowa – 6Arkansas – 5Boston College – 5Notre Dame – 5Alabama – 4Arizona State – 4Auburn – 4Florida – 4Louisville – 4Nebraska – 4Penn State – 4Southern California – 4TCU – 4Wisconsin – 4
Razorbacks Drafted As A Quarterback
|1954||Lamar McHan||1||2||Chicago Cardinals|
|1940||Kay Eakin||1||3||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1973||Joe Ferguson||3||57||Buffalo Bills|
|2011||Ryan Mallett||3||74||New England Patriots|
|1968||Ronnie Lee South||5||115||New Orleans Saints|
|1976||Mike Kirkland||5||143||Baltimore Colts|
|1976||Scott Bull||6||177||San Francisco 49ers|
|1966||Jon Brittenum||8||RS*||Miami Dolphins|
|1980||Kevin Scanlon||12||322||Los Angeles Rams|
*In 1965 and 1966, the AFL held a separate "Redshirt Draft" for juniors who could not be signed until after the completion of their senior season. Brittenum was the eighth pick made by the Miami Dolphins in the 1966 Redshirt Draft.
Petrino-Coached Quarterbacks In NFL Draft
|2011||Ryan Mallett||3||74||New England Patriots|
|2008||Brian Brohm||2||56||Green Bay Packers|
|2005||Jason Campbell||1||25||Washington Redskins|
|2005||Stefan LeFors||4||121||Carolina Panthers|
|2000||Chris Redmen||3||75||Baltimore Ravens|
|1997||Jake Plummer||2||42||Arizona Cardinals|
|1994||Doug Nussmeier||4||116||New Orleans Saints|
|1990||John Friesz||6||138||San Diego Chargers|
Arkansas Tight Ends Drafted
|2011||D.J. Williams||5||141||Green Bay Packers|
|1961||Jim Collier||7||53||New York Giants|
|1987||Theo Young||12||317||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1971||Pat Morrison||17||419||Buffalo Bills|
Download: Love Career Summary.pdf