4 undrafted Razorbacks sign as free agents

By: Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) celebrates after throwing for a 47-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mike Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) celebrates after throwing for a 47-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mike Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Four former Arkansas football players signed undrafted free agent deals on Saturday.

Quarterback Feleipe Franks, who transferred to Arkansas after three seasons at Florida, signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Franks threw 17 touchdowns against four interceptions in 2020.

From 2017-19, he threw for 4,593 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions with the Gators, leading Florida to a 10-3 record and No. 6 final ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll in 2018.

Running back Rakeem Boyd and defensive back Jerry Jacobs, two players who opted out of the Razorbacks’ 2020 season, signed with the Detroit Lions.

After totaling 734 yards and a pair of scores on the ground in 2018, Boyd broke out as a junior and became the first Arkansas back since Rawleigh Williams in 2016 to gain 1,000 yards in a season.

The former Independence (Kan.) Community College standout rushed for 1,133 yards and 8 touchdowns in 12 starts. He ranked fourth in the SEC and 27th nationally averaging 94.4 rushing yards per game.

Boyd, who had rotator cuff and labrum injuries earlier in his career, elected to return to Arkansas as a senior to play for Coach Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks’ new coaching staff. He rushed for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns over 6 starts in 2020 as he was hampered by injury.

Jacobs recorded 17 tackles in four games before leaving the team to prepare for the draft.

Xavier Kelly, a transfer defensive lineman from Clemson, signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He finished with eight tackles, including one sack, in nine games played last season.

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