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May 12, 2014

NFL DRAFT: Seahawks select Arkansas FB Kiero Small in 7th round

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fullback Kiero Small was the third Razorback off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft when he was selected in the seventh round, 227th overall, by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

"He's a great attitude guy," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. "We love adding him to the team. He's the epitome of a fullback."

Small served his senior season as a co-captain and saw action in all 12 games with eight starts. He had zero negative-yard plays on his 60 touches, finishing the year with 151 yards and three touchdowns on 40 rushes, 128 yards and one touchdown on 19 catches and one 11-yard kickoff return. He also was the lead blocker for the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games and as Alex Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards. The Razorbacks produced eight total 100-yard rushing performances during the 2013 season.

"He's a total thumper," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "I like him a lot. He's super tough. He plays really low and digs guys out. He's got great eyes. Arkansas ran the ball a lot, and it's natural for him because he's so low to the ground."

Small is the first fullback drafted from Arkansas since Peyton Hillis was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Small joins center Travis Swanson and defensive end Chris Smith, who were drafted in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, to give Arkansas three draft picks for the fourth straight year, the second-longest streak in program history and longest since 1969-77.

 

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