McTelvin Agim

Razorback defensive end McTelvin Agim beats a Texas State offensive lineman during the Hogs’ 42-3 win over the Bobcats on Sept. 17, 2016.

Former Arkansas Razorback football players McTelvin Agim and Kamren Curl were selected in this weekend’s National Football League Draft, held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While ESPN hosted the draft with analysts providing commentary from their homes, players and general managers from across the country set up cameras in their homes so that live reactions were still available for every pick.

The Denver Broncos picked Agim Friday night in the third round. The defensive lineman from Texarkana, Texas, played four seasons with the Hogs. He racked up 61 solo tackles, 140 total tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 42 games.

Curl, a safety taken by the Washington Redskins, was the second pick of the seventh round. The San Diego native played three seasons for Arkansas and set career highs in solo tackles (46), total tackles (76), tackles for loss (four), sacks (two), interceptions (two), fumble recoveries (two) and forced fumbles (two) in 2019. Curl joins former Razorback tight end Jeremy Sprinkle in Washington.

Agim and Curl were two of 63 players drafted out of the Southeastern Conference in 2020. Kentucky, Missouri, Texas A&M and Tennessee also produced two draft selections each. Only Vanderbilt and Ole Miss had fewer – one and zero, respectively.

Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman, formerly Georgia’s offensive line coach, saw three of his Bulldog linemen selected, including two first rounders, one being the fourth-overall pick of the draft.

Since the conclusion of the draft, five former Razorbacks have signed NFL contracts as undrafted free agents.

The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Devwah Whaley, and offensive lineman Austin Capps has a deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

Linebacker De’Jon Harris, the SEC’s second-leading tackler in 2019, inked a deal with the New England Patriots. New England already rosters two former Hogs, guard Hjalte Froholdt and defensive end Deatrich Wise, Jr.

Defensive lineman T.J. Smith signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, joining former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry.

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms with tight end Chase Harrell, who worked out at Arkansas’ Pro Day as a defensive end. He joins former Razorback linebacker Dre Greenlaw and the rest of the 2019 NFC champions.

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