Jason Ivester

Ledbetter picked in sixth round of NFL Draft

A second member of Arkansas' defensive line was drafted Saturday.

Jeremiah Ledbetter has been selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round and with the 205th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The defensive end is the third Arkansas player off the board in this year’s draft, joining defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (New England, 4th round, 131st overall) and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle (Washington, 5th round, 154th overall).

This is the seventh consecutive year at least three Razorbacks have been drafted, making them one of seven schools to do so. The others are Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC. With one more player picked, Stanford could also join the list.

Originally from Orlando, Fla., Ledbetter finished his high school career at Gainesville (Ga.) before going to Hutchinson C.C. in Kansas.

He racked up 37.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks in two seasons with the Blue Dragons, earning second-team NJCAA All-American honors.

Ledbetter was given a four-star rating coming out of junior college and chose Arkansas over Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and others.

Once he got to Fayetteville, he became an immediate factor. Ledbetter started all but one of his 26 career games with the Razorbacks and finished his career with 104 tackles, including 15 for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Although Ledbetter was primarily a defensive end in college, he did start the first eight games of his senior year at defensive tackle.

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

Ledbetter will be the second Arkansas player on Detroit's roster, joining center Travis Swanson.


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