Jason Ivester

Sprinkle drafted in sixth round

Another Arkansas tight end has been drafted.

Jeremy Sprinkle has been selected by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round and 154th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The tight end is the second Arkansas player off the board in this year’s draft, joining defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (New England, 4th round, 131st overall).

During his career with the Razorbacks, Sprinkle caught 71 passes for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns while making 20 starts and 50 total appearances. His 11th touchdown – a 24-yard score against Alabama – broke the school record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Sprinkle signed with Arkansas as a three-star prospect from White Hall (Ark.) in 2012. After redshirting, he made only 11 receptions for 152 yards in his first two seasons with the Razorbacks.

Playing alongside Mackey Award winner Hunter Henry in 2015, Sprinkle exploded for 389 yards and six touchdowns on 27 receptions.

With Henry out of the picture last season, Sprinkle was expected to contend for the Mackey Award himself. He did not disappoint early on, coming up with critical touchdown catches against Louisiana Tech and TCU.

However, his regular-season performance (33 receptions, 380 yards, four touchdowns) was overshadowed when he was suspended for the Belk Bowl after being caught shoplifting.

The incident did not prevent him from being invited to the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine after the season or from eventually being drafted by the Redskins, though.

It is the third consecutive year the Razorbacks have had a tight end selected in the draft. A.J. Derby was a sixth-round pick in 2015 and Henry was a second-round pick last year.

Including D.J. Williams in 2011 and Chris Gragg in 2013, five Arkansas tight ends have been chosen in the last seven drafts.

Sprinkle was the 11th tight end selected in this year's draft.

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