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Seahawks draft Arkansas fullback Kiero Small (Cardinal Gibbons) in seventh round

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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