FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg was the last Razorback pulled off the draft board this weekend when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the seventh round with the 222nd pick.
There's no doubt Gragg was expecting to be picked much earlier. He said he had fielded calls from teams beginning Friday night, but none of them contacted to say they were picking him until the Bills late Saturday. Gragg was thankful to be selected, but added he'll enter rookie camp with plenty to prove.
Here are some highlights from a post-selection conversation with Gragg:
(on the long wait) “It’s been real stressful. I’ve really been receiving calls since (Friday). Things that I just heard. People weren’t sure about my legs, I guess, is why I fell. But I’m just excited to be a part of the Buffalo Bills."
(on if the 2012 disaster bled into the draft for Razorbacks) “It did. I mean, that’s the only thing I would see that. … I mean, we’re all great players. I know this class that came out for the draft from Arkansas has a bunch of great players. They put up a lot of numbers in their careers at Arkansas. I just think it’s going to put a chip on all of our shoulders. We’re all hard-working guys and I think we’re going to have great careers.”
(on what he knows about the Buffalo depth chart) “I don’t really know who is on their roster right now at tight. I just know Chris Gragg is on there and I’m going to try to make it stay like that.”
(on his relationship with Buffalo during pre-draft process) “I met with them at the combine and had a real good talk at pro day. Went out to eat a little bit. Had some dinner afterwards. I had an inkling they were interested. They told me they really wanted to add some speed to the tight end position.”
(on what Buffalo has told him) “I just talked to the head coach. They feel like they have the fastest draft class. So I think they’re trying to bring a lot of speed and a lot of excitement up there to Buffalo.”
(on the weather in Buffalo) “Hey, it doesn’t bother me. I can go out there for three hours and give it my all."
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau