Former Razorback offensive guard/tackle Denver Kirkland left school after his junior season to enter the NFL draft but was not selected. Kirkland signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders following the draft.

Kirkland made an immediate impact for the Hogs his freshman season in 2013 starting eight of twelve games at right right. He then started all thirteen games of the 2014 season at right guard before starting 12 of 13 games in 2015 at right tackle.