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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema helped turn quarterback Brandon Allen into an NFL player.

Arkansas could provide one of the steals of the NFL draft, according to PFF

Eric Bolin

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Perhaps it’s just me and my TV viewing habits, but I feel I’ve heard shockingly little talk about the 2017 NFL Draft.

Part of that, too, could be that Arkansas isn’t expected to have anyone selected in the first two days. That said, Arkansas could have as many as seven or eight players on rosters hours after the draft is over, even if they aren’t selected.

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Former Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher could make a name for himself in the NFL. (Ronald Martinez/SEC Country)

One of those is Keon Hatcher, the wide receiver. Pro Football Focus did a takeout on his strengths and weaknesses in a recent piece. It thinks highly of Hatcher and feel like he could have a long career in the NFL, even if he’s a late bloomer.

Seems right to me, but that’s just my appreciation for Hatcher — a fellow #OKpreps man — and approval of most everything Pro Football Focus does. It’s a website with excellent depth.

Other Arkansas players who could be drafted, in order of likelihood:

  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
  • DE Deatrich Wise Jr.
  • OT Dan Skipper
  • WR Drew Morgan
  • P Toby Baker
  • WR Dominique Reed
  • LB Brooks Ellis

It’s not out of the question. Coach Bret Bielema gets guys drafted. And even the ones not highly thought of at the time turn into solid NFL players sometimes. Wisconsin defensive tackle Nick Hayden was a sixth-round pick who played for Bielema and went on to a seven-year career in the league. Ex-Badgers linebacker Jonathan Casillas wasn’t drafted at all and has played seven years in the league after spending time with Bielema in Madison.

So, don’t believe the “Arkansas doesn’t have the talent” stuff that’s still bandied about. Count on at least half of the players listed above to be on NFL rosters for training camps, anyway.

And give the piece on Hatcher a read. And FYI: The draft is April 27-29.

Jaylen and Daryl hold the key to Arkansas basketball’s future

Pins and needles. That’s where a lot of Arkansas basketball fans are sleeping right now.

Even non-fans, like myself, are curious to find out what’s to come for Razorbacks juniors Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon. The two have yet to announce their return to the team for next season. Arkansas badly needs them to come back, too.

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Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford (Courtesy Arkansas Athletics)

Now, you might ask yourself, “Why would they leave? They’re not NBA ready.” And you’re probably right. That hasn’t stopped players in the past. Besides, leaving school to turn pro isn’t always about the NBA.

That said, don’t begrudge them. Let them take their time. Gathering the maximum amount of information and feedback on the process will likely lead to a greater chance of their return.

If you’re asking me:

Chance that Barford returns: 75 percent

Chance that Macon does: 55 percent

Diamond Hogs win looooong game

Arkansas and Missouri State played for 4 hours and 4 minutes on Tuesday night up in Springfield. The Razorbacks ultimately won, 12-4.

It was a tiny measure of revenge for last season when Missouri State absolutely hammered Dave Van Horn’s last-place bunch in both games they played.

Really, the game didn’t mean much for Arkansas, which mostly uses midweek games as a training session for weekends in the SEC. Still, they’re games the Diamond Hogs want to win and they looked impressive doing it Tuesday.

Next up, Georgia visits Baum Stadium for a 3-game set Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Arkansas is currently in a 4-way tie for first in the SEC — with Kentucky, Mississippi State and Auburn — at 8-4.

ICYMI

  • Speaking of Macon and Barford, Arkansas is trying to land another transfer for next season. Memphis soon-to-be senior Markel Crawford has said he’s leaving the Tigers, according to the tweet below. Arkansas is on him as coach Mike Anderson has a free scholarship to give. Crawford averaged 12.8 points for Memphis last season.

  • Glad to see someone besides my mother reads Breakfast (Who am I kidding? She doesn’t even read this.). Devwah Whaley said Tuesday night he believes Arkansas could have the best running back duo in the SEC. Something we had right here late last week. Of course, Whaley’s take counts just a teeny, tiny touch more than mine.
  • Arkansas’ athletics department is paying Georgia Southern $1.4 million to come to Fayetteville (or Little Rock) and play a football game in 2021, according to a public records request by the Savannah Morning News.
  • Linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves has moves.

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