On the eve of the new NFL season, 14 players who suited up in Arkansas during their high school days are ready for football at the highest level.
The Broncos, Jaguars, Packers and Patriots all have multiple players from the Natural State on their initial roster heading into the season opener while the 49ers, Bengals, Saints, Steelers and Titans all boast an Arkansan.
Patriots tight end Hunter Henry highlights the group as he has 246 career receptions for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his six year career. Joining Henry in New England is fourth round pick and McClellan graduate Pierre Strong Jr.
Three former Fayetteville Bulldogs are among the players from Arkansas to be on the initial roster as linebacker Dre Greenlaw is back with the 49ers while Brandon Allen returns to the reigning AFC champion Bengals. Defensive lineman Akial Byers will start the season with the Packers on the injured reserve list.
Warren's Treylon Burks became the most recent first round draft pick from the state of Arkansas and looks to take over the number one receiving role for the Titans after a draft day trade that shipped their top target, AJ Brown, to the Eagles.
Three rookies from Arkansas made the team for the Jaguars as seventh round draft pick Montaric Brown from Ashdown made the 53-man roster. Greenwood native Grant Morgan and Crossett graduate Gregory Junior were both signed to the Jacksonville practice squad following training camp.
49ers - Dre Greenlaw - Fayetteville
Bengals - Brandon Allen - Fayetteville
Broncos - McTelvin Agim (PS) - Hope
Broncos - Damarea Crockett (IR) - Little Rock Christian
Jaguars - Montaric Brown - Ashdown
Jaguars - Gregory Junior (PS) - Crossett
Jaguars - Grant Morgan (PS) - Greenwood
Packers - Akial Byers (IR) - Fayetteville
Packers - Kiondre Thomas (PS) - Northside
Patriots - Hunter Henry - Pulaski Academy
Patriots - Pierre Strong Jr. - Little Rock McClellan
Saints - Dylan Soehner (PUP) - Prairie Grove
Steelers - Tre Norwood - Northside
Titans - Treylon Burks - Warren