'06 NFL Draft Watch: Arkansas

After missing the post season for the first time in six years, Arkansas now begins life after Matt Jones. Unlike last April's draft the Razorbacks do not possess a first round pick in 2006 yet could have more players selected during the seven frames. 

Scouting the SEC: Arkansas  

The offensive line is stacked with talent as all five starters have the NFL potential.  Senior Zac Tubbs is a strong run blocker who turns defenders off the play.  Tubbs offers terrific size and could fall into the late rounds next April.  Center Kyle Roper is a solid position blocker and an outstanding shotgun snapper.  Quickly getting into blocks, Roper effectively uses angles and turns defenders off the line.  Fighting hard, he rarely finishes blocks and does not show good blocking range.  Roper could backup at the next level.  Guard Stephen Parker in the strongest on the unit and a junior with terrific upside potential.  Explosive off the snap, Parker quickly gets to the second level and removes linebackers from the action or opens holes for ball carriers.  Parker offers growth potential and must be kept on the radar screen.  Left tackle Tony Ugoh is a strong lineman who quickly sets in pass protection, displaying adequate footwork sliding off the edge.  Ugoh is not a natural knee bender, which hurts his balance and ability to finish blocks.  Lacking a nasty streak, he does not show great wherewithal on the field.  A discus thrower on the school's track and field team, Ugoh offers terrific upside for the next level yet must make football a priority to reach the expectations NFL scouts have of him.  Arkansas has consistently put solid tight ends into the NFL draft and presently has two on the roster.  Senior Jared Hicks is an effective pass catcher who makes the difficult reception in mid air.  Working hard as a blocker and playing with solid technique, he does not show great explosion or speed.  Needing to take his game to another level, Hicks offers the size to play in the NFL but needs a big senior season to slide into the late rounds.  Sophomore Mason Templeton attacks assignments and displays strength at the point of attack.  Possessing outstanding size, he runs well for a big man and is an exciting sophomore prospect.  De'Arrius Howard could be a sleeper at running back if he produces this season.  Possessing excellent size, he is solid on the inside yet needs to prove he can handle the load and be the man on offense. Fullback Brandon Kennedy is a well-built lead fullback who effectively opens lanes for his ball carriers.  Good pre-draft workouts could land him a spot in the late frames.

Defensively the team does not have much to offer.  Pierre Brown, Sam Olajubutu and Clarke Moore are a trio of linebackers who will get consideration as potential late round prospects or free agents next year. Vickiel Vaughn is a nice sized safety who flashes skills and must be watched.

Arkansas Prospect List

 Name Number Pos Year
Pierre Brown 27 OLB 5Sr
Robert Felton 61 G 3So
Jared Hicks 86 TE 5Sr
De'Arrius Howard 26 RB 5Sr
Brandon Kennedy 47 FB 4Sr
Clarke Moore 46 ILB 5Sr
Sam Olajubutu 24 S 4Sr
Stephen Parker 74 G 4Jr
Kyle Roper 70 C 5Sr
Mason Templeton 89 TE 3So
Zac Tubbs 69 T 4Sr
Tony Ugoh 66 T 4Sr
Vickiel Vaughn 31 S 4Sr


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