FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has gone through several fall camp practices and one scrimmage — with the second coming up Saturday — in advance of the 2016 season.
Based on fall practice and what happened in the spring, this seems like a good time to release the first of SEC Country’s top-10 Arkansas player rankings. This list will be updated a few times before the season begins and weekly during the season (except after bye weeks).
These rankings are subjective and just one man’s opinion. That man is me (Jason Kersey), so direct your comments, concerns, praise and hate mail to me via email (email@example.com) or Twitter (@jasonkersey).
1. Deatrich Wise Jr., senior, DE
- Wise is considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick next year. He has dominated during open practices. This guy is an All-America talent.
2. Jeremy Sprinkle, senior, TE
- Sprinkle steps into the No. 1 tight end spot after catching 6 touchdown passes last season as a reserve. He should be in for a big season.
3. Dre Greenlaw, sophomore, LB
- Greenlaw is talented — true freshman linebackers don’t start in the SEC if they aren’t — but made lots of rookie mistakes in 2015. With a year of experience, Greenlaw should take a big step forward.
4. Dan Skipper, senior, OT
- Skipper could play most positions on the offensive line. This season, he already has switched from right tackle to left tackle. He’s the offensive line’s leader and best player.
5. Drew Morgan, senior, WR
- Morgan’s 63 receptions, 843 yards and 10 touchdowns led the Hogs last season. He’s part of a deep, experienced group, but will Morgan be the team’s most prolific wideout in 2016?
6. Brooks Ellis, senior, LB
- Ellis is a rock-solid team leader. He led the Razorbacks with 102 tackles last season. Will Ellis and Greenlaw get any help from their fellow linebackers in 2016?
7. Jeremiah Ledbetter, senior, DT
- Ledbetter recorded 55 tackles — 7.5 for loss — and 2 sacks last season. He moves into a 3-technique role as a pass-rushing tackle this season after playing end in 2015. It will be interesting to see if he flourishes in his new role.
8. Rawleigh Williams III, sophomore, RB
- Williams showed his capability last season before his career-threatening neck injury in October. He looked to be back to normal in Arkansas’ scrimmage last week. Williams likely will begin the season as the team’s No. 1 running back.
9. Jared Collins, senior, CB
- Collins is a reliable mainstay in the secondary and has started 23 consecutive games. How he and the rest of the secondary perform will be critical in determining the team’s success.
10. Devwah Whaley, freshman, RB
- Is it premature to put Whaley on this list after one impressive scrimmage? Perhaps, but Whaley looked like a potential star last weekend. He rushed for 95 yards on 13 carries, including an impressive 11-yard touchdown run. He’s going to be heavily involved in Arkansas’ offense at the outset.
Just missed the cut (in alphabetical order)
- Austin Allen, junior, QB
- Jared Cornelius, junior, WR
- Keon Hatcher, senior, WR
- Taiwan Johnson, senior, DT
- Frank Ragnow, junior, C