Arkansas' first-round drought continues

Once again, no Razorbacks heard their name called Thursday night.

As expected, Arkansas' drought of first-round picks in the NFL Draft continued Thursday, reaching nine consecutive years.

That is tied for the second longest streak in school history since the first draft in 1936, matching the nine-year stretch between the 1994 and 2004 drafts. Only the 10 drafts between 1967 and 1978 was longer streak.

The last Razorbacks drafted in the first round were Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2008. They went fourth and 22nd overall, respectively.

Vanderbilt and Arkansas are tied for the longest active streak without a first-round pick in the SEC. The Commodores' last one was offensive tackle Chris Williams in 2008.

Entering Friday, the Razorbacks have had 28 players chosen in the drafts since that year, but only one – Hunter Henry – was a second-round pick.

That total will likely rise over the next two days, as several Razorbacks are projected to be drafted, possibly as early as the third round Friday. Most will be taken on Saturday during rounds 4-7.

Defensive end Deatrich Wise is considered by many experts as the top prospect, but tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, offensive lineman Dan Skipper and defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter could also make a case to be the first Arkansas player off the board.

Wide receivers Keon Hatcher and Drew Morgan, linebacker Brooks Ellis and punter Toby Baker have an outside shot at being drafted, as well.

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