Jason Ivester

Wise first Hog picked in NFL Draft

After no Razorbacks were picked in the first three rounds, Deatrich Wise Jr. was picked in the fourth round Saturday.

Deatrich Wise has been selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round and with the 131st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The defensive end is the first Arkansas player off the board in this year’s draft. The Razorbacks have had at least one player drafted in 22 consecutive years. The last time they did not was 1995.

Wise finished his career at Arkansas with 112 tackles, including 23 for loss and 16.5 sacks. His sack total ranks 10th in UA history.

A three-star prospect from Carrollton (Texas) Hebron, he played in the 2012 season-opener – notching a sack against Jacksonville State – but ended up suffering an injury and taking a medical redshirt.

Although Wise made 30 tackles and four sacks in 22 games during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, he did not have his breakout performance until 2015, when he was a junior.

That season, he led the SEC in sacks during conference play with eight, including 4.5 against ranked opponents.

It seemed like he would carry that momentum into his fifth year on campus, but an injury suffered during the season-opener against Louisiana Tech – after which he was named the SEC co-Defensive Lineman of the Week – limited him much of the season.

By the time Arkansas’ bye week rolled around, Wise was relegated to playing solely as a third-down pass rusher. He still managed 49 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a team-high seven quarterback hurries.

Following the season, Wise participated in the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Scouting Combine.

He joins former Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers in New England.

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