Razorback Knile Davis drafted by Kansas City Chiefs

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    From University of Arkansas:

    FAYETTEVILLE - Former Razorback running back Knile Davis was drafted 96th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 NFL Draft on Friday evening.

    Davis appeared in 36 games with 15 starts for during his Arkansas career, rushing 349 times for 1,862 yards and 19 touchdowns and catching 32 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. His 21 total touchdowns are tield for 15th on Arkansas' all-time career list. In 2010, he was a first-team All-SEC performer after leading the conference's running backs with 1,322 rushing yards. His rushing yards total ranked as the fourth-highest single-season output in school history and made him the 10th Razorback to post a 1,000-yard rushing season. Also that season, his 6.48 yards-per-carry average led the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times. He was voted a team captain in 2011 and again in 2012 after he missed the entire 2011 season due to an injury.

    Three players coached by current Arkansas coaches were taken in Thursday night's first round. Offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, whose offensive line coach at North Carolina for his first four seasons with the Tar Heels was Sam Pittman, was taken by Arizona with the seventh overall pick, the earliest an offensive guard had been picked since 1986. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was selected 29th overall by Minnesota after one season under offensive coordinator Jim Chaney at Tennessee, and center Travis Frederick was picked 31st overall by Dallas following four seasons at Wisconsin under head coach Bret Bielema. Frederick's selection made Coach Bielema the only head coach in the NCAA with a first-round offensive line selection in each of the last three drafts. No other head coach in the country has a streak longer than one.

    Four more players tutored by the current Razorback coaching staff were taken during the draft's second and third rounds Friday evening. Wide receiver Justin Hunter was the second pick of the round and 34th overall after the Tennessee Titans traded up to draft the former Tennessee Vol, whose coordinator in Knoxville was Coach Chaney. Running back Montee Ball was drafted 58th overall by Denver after he broke the NCAA career touchdown record and won the 2012 Doak Walker Award playing for Coach Bielema. Offensive guard Dallas Thomas, coached at Tennessee by Coach Chaney and Coach Pittman, was drafted 77th overall by Miami. Offensive tackle Brennan Williams from North Carolina became the third Coach Pittman-coached lineman drafted when Williams was taken 89th by Houston.

    Arkansas has had at least one player selected in 18 straight drafts, the second-longest streak in school history. The record for most consecutive drafts with a Razorback picked is 23 from 1965-87. With Davis' selection, Arkansas has now had 182 players drafted all-time.

    The current Arkansas coaching staff has coached 147 NFL Draft picks, including 28 first-round selections. Coach BIelema and his nine full-time assistants have had 32 different former players appear in 40 Super Bowls, with 17 winning 20, and two have been named Super Bowl MVP.

    The 2013 NFL Draft airs on ESPN and NFL Network. Rounds two and three are Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the draft concludes Saturday with rounds four through seven beginning at 11 a.m.

    For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.

    Check out this PDF of Draft Eligible Razorback Bios.

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