FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive back Kamren Curl has been selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round with the 216th overall pick of the 2020 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 25.
He is the 16th Razorback taken by the Redskins and the 273rd Arkansas football player drafted since 1983. He joins McTelvin Agim (Broncos) as selections in the 2020 draft. At least one Razorback has been picked in each of the last 25 years of the NFL Draft, which ranks fourth in the SEC.
Curl is the first Arkansas DB taken in the NFL Draft since Tevin Mitchel (Washington Redskins) in 2015. Curl also becomes the first Razorback underclassman to be picked in the Draft since Hunter Henry and Alex Collins in 2016.
He started 33 of the 34 games he played in while donning the cardinal & white recording 175 total tackles over his three years as a Razorback, with two sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Curl began the 2019 season as a Preseason All-SEC Third Team member by the league’s coaches, one of three Hogs to earn the distinction. He finished fourth on the team with 76 tackles, 46 solo, which ranked second on the squad. He had four tackles for loss, including two sacks, with two pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Curl became the first player in the NCAA in 2019 to record a sack, an interception and score a touchdown on a fumble recovery, doing so over the first two games of the year.
He made the move to strong safety in 2018 after spending most of his time as a freshman at cornerback. He tallied 53 total tackles, with 27 solo stops, breaking up five passes. Curl also forced a fumble in the second game of the year against North Texas, while recording at least three tackles in every game he played.
As a freshman, Curl quickly jumped into the starting role after an injury to a teammate, resulting in the second-most snaps among all SEC true freshman cornerbacks at 690. He finished sixth on the team and tied for fourth among SEC freshmen in tackles with 46 and tied for the team lead in pass breakups at eight. His eight PBUs were the most by an Arkansas freshman since Lawrence Richardson (17) in 2001, while his 46 stops were the most by a Razorback freshman DB since 2012.