Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
Three Hogs taken on final day of draft
Arkansas defensive lineman Chris Smith runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
FAYETTEVILLE Three former Razorbacks were selected on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft Saturday.
Defensive end Chris Smith was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Smith, the 159th overall pick, recorded 11.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks as a senior. He played in the Senior Bowl in January and was invited to the NFL's scouting combine in February.
Fullback Kiero Small and kicker Zach Hocker were taken back-to-back in the seventh round, with the No. 227 and No. 228 overall picks, respectively.
Small, who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks, was a captain for the Razorbacks as a senior. He carried the ball 40 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and also caught 19 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.
The Washington Redskins selected Hocker. During his career at Arkansas, the kicker from Russellville broke several school records. His 354 points, 61 field goals made, 77.2 field goal percentage and 171 PATs made all rank first in UA history.
Center Travis Swanson was the only other Arkansas player taken in this year's draft. He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 76th overall pick in the third round Friday.