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2013 NFL Draft Prospects: Arkansas

These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.

This page was last updated Feb. 16, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

  1. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 218. Arm: 31. Hand: 8 5/8.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2013): 2-3.

    2/16/13: 2012 was a nightmare season for Arkansas. Part of that disaster was Wilson missing the Alabama game and most of the second half in the Razorbacks' shocking loss to Louisiana-Monroe. He had some good games after returning to the lineup, but also turned in some rather average performances.

    Wilson completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this year. A lot went wrong for Arkansas, which definitely played a role in holding the redshirt senior back. Wilson flashed some great passing ability at times and there were other times where his decision-making was off. He seemed to be pressing often and that is understandable given the state of the team.

    Wilson completed a lot of short to intermediate passes at the Senior Bowl, but struggled going downfield. His arm strength looks less than ideal for the NFL. He also has very small hands, so fumbling could be an issue.

    8/16/12: Wilson completed 63 percent of his passes in 2011 for 3,638 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has good field vision, a strong arm and accuracy. He played better as the year progressed.

    Wilson has the look of an NFL quarterback. He stands tall in the pocket and reads defenses well. The decision making the junior displayed last season was very impressive.

    Wilson has a decent arm and is an accurate passer. He demonstrated the ability to push the ball outside the numbers in 2011, moving the ball down the field with precision passes. Wilson also has nice mobility to buy time or pick up yards on the ground. With his size, arm and intellect, he will most likely be viewed as a possible safe pick to scouts.

    Wilson played a little bit in 2010 as a backup to Ryan Mallett. Wilson completed 34-of-51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

    The 2012 season figures to be a challenging year for Wilson even though he received good preparation for the pro game from Bobby Petrino. Petrino has been fired and the Arkansas program is in turmoil. To make things harder, Wilson lost a bunch of good receivers.

  2. Alvin Bailey*, OT/G, Arkansas
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.36.
    Projected Round (2013): 2-4.

    2/9/13: Bailey played well for the Razorbacks even though they had a disappointing season. He did a good job as a run- and pass-blocker, but wasn't as dominant as he was in 2011. That was the case for a lot of Arkansas' talented pro prospects as 2012 was a disaster of a year for the program. Bailey has declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. He has starting potential early in his NFL career if he lands with a good offensive line coach.

    8/24/12: Alvin Bailey enters his junior season coming off a two good years in 2010 and 2011. He has started at guard and did a good job in blocking for running back Knile Davis and quarterback Ryan Mallett in 2010. Davis ran for over 1,000 yards, and Mallett threw for more than 3,000 yards with Bailey blocking up front. He was an SEC All-Freshman selection.

    Bailey was a strong pass-protector as a sophomore for quarterback Tyler Wilson in 2011 and was a Second-Team All-SEC pick. Bailey is a strong guard who already is a good run-blocker. He should only get better as he gains experience and has a high ceiling for the NFL.

  3. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 199. Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 8 5/8.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2013): 2-4.

    2/16/13: Hamilton totaled 90 receptions for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns this season. He had a massive day of 10 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns with Rutgers. Hamilton followed that up with big games against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tulsa. He had a quiet week at the Senior Bowl and was much shorter than his listed height at Arkansas (6-3).

    8/17/12: Hamilton should be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Tyler Wilson with Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs all having moved on to the NFL. Hamilton caught 34 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had 32 receptions for 630 yards and six scores as a sophomore in 2010.

    Hamilton should produce a big senior season. He has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation as well as a tough running back in Knile Davis to force some eight-man fronts.

  4. Alonzo Highsmith, OLB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2013): 4-6.

    1/30/13: Highsmith was solid for Arkansas with 54 tackles and two sacks through six games. He had 10 tackles against Alabama, but was hurt versus Auburn. Highsmith was out for the rest of the season because of a foot injury.

    8/29/12: The junior college product Highsmith had a respectable debut year in 2011 for Arkansas. He had 80 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. Highsmith had a big game against LSU with 13 tackles, .5 sacks and a fumble returned 47 yards for a touchdown. His father, Alonzo Highsmith Sr., was a star running back at the University of Miami and played seven years in the NFL.

  5. Knile Davis*, RB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2013): 5-6.

    2/16/13: Davis was rusty in his return this season and didn't have the same power or explosiveness. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry on his way to just 377 total yards and two touchdowns. Davis also had 11 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown. He had three fumbles against Texas A&M.

    The junior flashed his old ability at times, but he was generally running tentatively and indecisively. Davis should've returned for his senior season to be a workhorse for Brett Bielema, but entered the 2013 NFL Draft instead.

    8/16/12: Davis has been excellent when he has played, but he has had durability issues. Davis injured his ankle in August of 2011 and missed the season. It wasn't the first ankle injury for him as he broke the same ankle during his senior season of high school.

    Davis averaged 6.5 yards per carry and totaled 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Razorbacks in 2010. He was one of the best backs in the SEC that year.

    Davis is very talented, but he needs to stay healthy to push his draft stock back into the early rounds. Davis entered fall camp ready to go, but has to show the ability to stay on the field.

  6. Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2013): 5-6.

    2/9/13: Gragg played well when he was in the lineup, but he missed four games with a bone bruise/knee injury. Gragg came back against Ole Miss, but missed the final four games of the season as well. Gragg totaled 22 receptions for 289 yards and three touchdowns this year.

    8/21/12: Gragg showed a lot of improvement as a junior and was a reliable receiving target for quarterback Tyler Wilson. The first-year starter hauled in 41 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns. Gragg should take on an even bigger role this season since Arkansas lost three leading receivers from last year's squad.

    A backup in 2010, Gragg caught eight passes for 171 yards and two scores. He missed the 2009 season with a dislocated ankle. Gragg was a backup at wide receiver in 2008. The redshirt senior looks more like an h-back and receiving tight end for the NFL. He needs to add weight to be a blocker at the next level.

  7. Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2013): 5-6.

    2/16/13: Johnson had 757 yards on 137 carries (5.5 average) and eight touchdowns in 2012. He caught 25 passes for 160 yards and two scores as well. Johnson gradually earned more playing time over Knile Davis.

    8/16/12: Johnson took over the starting running back position after Knile Davis was lost for the 2011 season. Johnson ran for 670 yards (6.3 average) with three touchdowns. He showed nice receiving ability too, making 24 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

    Johnson lost his 2010 season to injury. He has been one of the best kick returners in the SEC every year he has played. Johnson has averaged 24.3 yards per return in his career, scoring three touchdowns. He will split carries with Davis in 2012, but Johnson could be a potential third-down back and special teams contributor in the NFL. He figures to be a backup to Davis this season.

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