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With the 220th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the L.A. Rams slect K.J. Hill, Wide Receiver from Ohio State University.

Round 7- Pick 6

Combine Results: 40 yard dash- 4.6

Bench Press- 17 reps

Vertical Jump- 32.5 inches

Broad Jump- 114.0 inches

You can describe Hill in words like “dependable”, “reliable,” and “Consistent,” per NFL writer DeaSean Hamilton.  He’s a slot worker who is most effective in space.  He is Ohio Stats’s All-time receptions leader with good discipline to hide route intentions and is willing to work in the middle of the field.  Only real downfalls is he needs to work back to the throw and not overly dynamic with the ball in his hands, but overall a good slot receiver for the Rams and should have a good career in the NFL as a slot receiver/ kick returner.  Although he is not a Razorback he is an Arkansas native and will represent the state overall in the NFL. 

Hunter Watts from UCA signed as a UDFA with the Denver Broncos.

Watts is a 6’8″ 320 LB Lineman from the University of Central Arkansas. 

Pro Day Results: 40 yard dash- 5.52

20 yard dash- 3.09

10 yard dash- 1.88

225 LB. Bench- 15 reps

Vertical Jump- 28.5

Broad Jump- 8″2″

20 yard Shuttle- 4.77

3-Cone drill- 7.63

Watts appeared in four games as a Freshman, eight games as a Sophomore, 11 games as a Junior, and 12 games as a Senior. Watts will likely compete for one of the backup tackle positions with the Broncos. 


Omar Bayless signed as a UDFA with the Carolina Panthers.

Bayless is a 6’1″ 212 Lb WR from Arkansas State University.

Combine Results: 40 yard dash- 4.62

Bench Reps- 11 reps

Vertical Jump- 36 inches

Broad Jump- 123 inches

3-Cone Drill- 7.35 seconds

2o yard shuttle- 4.5 seconds

Bayless is a vertical target coming off a monster season with several big players to light up the stat sheets for the Red Wolves.  He’s athletic in the air but needs to play both stronger/tougher both through the route and on 50/50 balls.  The NFL should help him with his catching abilities. 

Kirk Merritt former Arkansas State  University WR signed as a UDFA with the Miami Dolphins.  (Former Transfer from Texas A&M/ Oregon)

Pro Day Results: 40 yard dash- 4.05

Shuttle- 7.12

3-Cone Drill- 7.12

Vertical Jump- 45.5

Bench Reps- 23

Arkansas State WR Kirk Merritt hits a 49 inch vertical.  Most Athletic WR in 2020 Draft. 

After joining Arkansas State for his Junior year, he posted his first 1,000 yard season there.  Leading his team in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns.  In 2019, he followed up that by leading his team in all three categories and to a second winning season.  All-Sun Belt 1st Team performer transferred had 70 receptions for 806 yards as 12 touchdowns in 2019.  He finished his career with 158 catcher 1,927 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.  

Will Hastings, former Auburn Tiger receiver, has agreed to a deal as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.

Hastings reunites with former Auburn teammate Jarrett Stidham, who takes over for future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

Pro Day Results: 40 yard dash- 4.51

20 yard dash- 2.62

10 yard dash- 1.59

225 LB. Bench press- 9

Vertical Jump- 33

Broad Jump- 9’8″

20 yard shuttle- 4.03

3-cone Drill- 6.55

Hastings is on the smaller side of 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds but he has plenty of elusive speed.  He also has experience with Patriot’s quarterback Jarrett Stidham, serving as his slot receiver in 2017. With Stidham as his quarterback in 2017, Hastings hauled in 26 receptions for 525 yards and four touchdowns.  Hastings missed the entire 2018 season after tearing his ACL but returned for his Senior season in 2019 where he had 19 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown.  He finished his college career with 56 catches and 845 yards and six touchdowns.

Justin Garrison
Football Sports Writer for Natural State Sports Co-Host of Thursday night live show "The Sports Junkies" along side Steve Hinson