Arkansas fullback Kiero Small (Cardinal Gibbons) was drafted in the seventh round by the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

He was selected with the 227th overall pick.

Small had a long journey to the NFL. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.

He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American who lined up at fullback and linebacker.

Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker who sometimes broke facemasks.

The 5-foot-8, 245-pound Small rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.

Small worked out for the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons and visited the Cleveland Browns. Small also participated in the Ravens' local-prospect day.

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