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Arkansas' unofficial depth chart after one week of spring practice

Here is how we see Arkansas' depth chart after one week of spring practice.

Now that Arkansas has a week of practice under its belt, HawgsDaily decided to take a stab at the Razorbacks' depth chart.

Instead of guessing, we now have something tangible to base our selections on. This depth chart is based on what we've seen during the open portions of the three practices and what the coaches and players have told us in interviews.

Please note that it is probably not 100 percent accurate. The media was allowed to see less than two hours of total practice time and the limited 11-on-11 sessions were hectic and not always easy to chart who was on the field at any given time.

Plus, at this stage of the spring, the depth chart is very fluid and upperclassmen typically get the starting nod early on.

Without further ado, here is the depth chart as we see it after one week of spring practice...

Quarterback

1. Austin Allen

2a. Cole Kelley

2b. Ty Storey

4a. Carson Proctor

4b. Daulton Hyatt

6. Jack Lindsey

There is no question that Allen is the starter. The real drama is the battle for the backup job between Kelley and Storey. Proctor and Lindsey are second-year walk-ons, while Hyatt is an early enrollee.

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Running back

1. Rawleigh Williams

2. Devwah Whaley

3a. Juan Day

3b. Maleek Williams

Fullback

1. Kendrick Jackson

2. Hayden Johnson

Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley will be a great 1-2 punch for the Razorbacks, but there is a battle for that third spot. Maleek Williams, the early enrollee from Florida, seems to be picking up on the protections and other intricacies of the running back position pretty well and could be that No. 3 guy. Juan Day tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's practice, so that might give Williams the slight edge.

Jackson is the No. 1 fullback, but Johnson could end up getting on the field more because he is learning the tight end position this spring. Arkansas hopes to be able to throw him a couple of passes in addition to his blocking duties.

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Wide receiver - 1

1. Jared Cornelius

2. LaMichael Pettway

3. Brandon Martin

4. Kofi Boateng

Wide receiver - 2

1. Deon Stewart

2. Jordan Jones

3. Jonathan Nance

4. Tyson Morris

Wide receiver - slot

1. Luke Rossi

2. T.J. Hammonds

This is arguably the most fluid position on the team right now. Cornelius is the only definite starter, while Stewart, Pettway and Jones have also received first-team reps. The JUCO early enrollees - Martin and Nance - are working their way up the depth chart while still adjusting to the next level. Coming off an ACL injury, Boateng is in a similar boat as Martin and Nance. Morris, the son of former Arkansas basketball star Isaiah Morris, is a walk-on transfer from a Division II school, but he was a stud at Fayetteville High School and looks like a guy that could at least contribute on special teams.

In the slot, Rossi - a walk-on from Oklahoma - is in the starting spot right now. That will likely change once Hammonds, who played running back last season, gets a grasp on the position. He made a couple of nice catches Saturday.

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Tight end

1. Austin Cantrell

2. C.J. O'Grady

3. Jack Kraus

4. Will Gragg

5. Jamario Bell

6. Blake Kern

*Grayson Gunter

Cantrell has the most experience among the tight ends, plus he's physically solid as a rock, so he's the No. 1 guy. O'Grady remains in the good graces of the coaches, which is good because he has plenty of talent to play in the SEC. Kraus is likely a blocking tight end. Gragg needs to be more consistent and Bell needs to continue to learn the playbook before they can crack the rotation. Kern is a walk-on. It's hard to say where Gunter is on the depth chart because he is wearing a green no-contact jersey and is limited coming off offseason shoulder surgery.

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Center

1. Frank Ragnow

2a. Zach Rogers

2b. Dylan Hays

4. Jackson Hannah

Ragnow is an All-American candidate - there's not much else we can say about him. A former early enrollee in his third spring at Arkansas, Rogers has been groomed as the backup center the last two years. However, Hays - who originally signed with the Razorbacks as a grayshirt before being put on scholarship before last season - has really impressed the coaches and is pushing Rogers for the backup job. Hannah is a walk-on.

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Right guard

1. Jake Raulerson

2. Johnny Gibson

3. Jake Heinrich

Left guard

1. Hjalte Froholdt

2. Deion Malone

3. Paul Ramirez

The coaches were really pleased with what they saw out of Froholdt and Raulerson during the offseason. Froholdt's second year at the position and Raulerson's second year at Arkansas should help them be better in 2017. Gibson ended last season as the starting right guard, but he lost the job because of an unspecified disciplinary issue. He wasn't on either of the first two teams when spring practice began, but earned a second-team spot back by Saturday, although that is where he'll remain the next several weeks, per Bret Bielema. Malone has also drawn high praise from the coaches, while Heinrich and Ramirez still have some work to do.

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Right tackle

1. Brian Wallace

2. Jalen Merrick

3. Kirby Adcock

Left tackle

1. Colton Jackson

2. Shane Clenin

3. Dalton Wagner

Jackson began 2016 as the starting right tackle and Wallace ended the season as the starter, so both have experience. Wallace is more comfortable on the right side and Jackson has improved since last year. Merrick continues to be a second-teamer. The other guys - Adcock, Clenin and Wagner - are all early enrollees. The coaches are really high on Clenin, who could contribute as a true freshman, while Adcock and Wagner likely need a redshirt year to develop.

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Nose tackle

1. Bijhon Jackson

2. Austin Capps

3. Jonathan Marshall

Entering his senior season, it seems like Jackson will finally have a chance to make an impact on Arkansas' defensive line. He is a nice fit at nose tackle in the 3-4. Capps got valuable playing time as a true freshman and could push Jackson for that starting job. Marshall worked at nose tackle this week, but Bielema said there's a possibility of getting work at defensive end this spring, too.

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Defensive end - 1

1. McTelvin Agim

2. Armon Watts

3. Briston Guidry

Defensive end - 2

1. Karl Roesler

2. T.J. Smith

3. Daytrieon Dean

Arkansas' defensive line is almost as fluid as its wide receivers. Agim is a definite starter, but the rest could change. In addition to Marshall possibly moving to defensive end, Roesler could get some work at the "Hog" outside linebacker position because of his size. For now, though, he's the second starting defensive end. Smith and Watts got limited playing time in 2016 are are working with the second team, while Guidry and Dean - who have yet to see the field - are working with the third team.

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Outside linebacker (Razor)

1. Randy Ramsey

2. Alexy Jean-Baptiste

3. Tyler Phillips

4. Cory Hollowell

Outside linebacker (Hog)

1. Michael Taylor

2. Dee Walker

3. Ben Brausell

Two months ago, HawgsDaily nearly predicted Ramsey and Taylor as the starting outside linebackers, but ended up putting them at the same spot because we felt their skillsets were similar. We should have stuck with our gut because Ramsey is starting at "Razor" (hybrid OLB/DB) and Taylor is starting at "Hog" (hybrid OLB/DL). Both have been praised by the coaches, especially Ramsey. A pair of redshirt freshmen - Jean-Baptiste and Walker - are backing them up. Phillips, Hollowell and Brausell are walk-ons.

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Inside linebacker (Will)

1. Dwayne Eugene

2. Grant Morgan

*Dre Greenlaw

Inside linebacker (Mike)

1. De'jon Harris

2. Josh Harris

3. Giovanni LaFrance

Greenlaw won't practice this spring while recovering from a second foot surgery, otherwise he would likely be the starting "Will" (weak-side linebacker). Instead, Eugene has been getting reps on the first team, with Morgan, the younger brother of Drew Morgan and a walk-on, serving as his backup.

De'Jon Harris was specifically mentioned by inside linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves as the heir apparent to four-year starter Brooks Ellis. Hargreaves hopes he can evolve into a leader on the field. De'Jon Harris is backed up by Josh Harris, who has been a key special teams player for the Razorbacks, and LaFrance.

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Cornerback - 1

1. Henre' Toliver

2. Britto Tutt

3. Nate Dalton

Cornerback - 2

1. Ryan Pulley

2. Kevin Richardson

3. Byron Keaton

As expected, Toliver and Pulley are running with the first team. Tutt has looked good coming back from a torn ACL. Although he'll likely play nickel in Arkansas' five-defensive back sets, Richardson is getting a serious look at cornerback. Bielema said he believes Richardson could play all five spots, including safety, but his size should give him the best opportunity to start at cornerback. Dalton was a third-team safety last year, but HawgsDaily saw him working at cornerback Saturday. Keaton is a walk-on.

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Free safety

1. Josh Liddell

2. Reid Miller

3. Micahh Smith

Strong safety

1. De'Andre Coley

2. Santos Ramirez

3. Ryder Lucas

Not surprisingly, Liddell is the first-team free safety, but somewhat surprisingly, Coley is the first-team strong safety. Coley has the talent, but needs to learn to play under control. He was ejected for targeting twice in 2016 and had to sit out a few plays during Saturday's 7-on-7 session because of a helmet-to-helmet hit that likely would have resulted in an ejection. Him being ahead of Ramirez could be because of his seniority over Ramirez, who HawgsDaily expects to be the starter. Miller and Lucas are walk-ons, while Smith is a redshirt freshman coming off of a torn meniscus.


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