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Steelers signed Kansas State C B.J. Finney.

Finney (6'4/318) earned first-team All-Big 12 in each of his final three seasons and was the Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014, sharing the honor with Baylor LT Spencer Drango. Short armed (32") and not a great athlete, Finney is a former wrestler who wins with power and tenacity. He allowed just 2.5 sacks across 52 college starts. Finney has starting-caliber upside, even if his shortcomings prevent him from ever becoming an "elite" NFL center.
May 4 - 6:01 PM

Chargers signed Kansas State OLB Ryan Mueller.

Mueller (6'2/245) walked on at K-State and went on to become a 26-game starter, tallying 33.5 career TFLs, 20.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the conference's coaches as both a junior and senior. Already undersized, Mueller's sub-optimal athleticism was exposed at the Wildcats' Pro Day, running 4.84 with an 8-foot-9 broad jump. Mueller excelled as a college player with extreme hustle, but his limitations are a lock to show up in the pros. He would do well to become a useful sub-package pass rusher.
May 4 - 1:01 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler ranks Kansas State C B.J. Finney as the No. 2 prospect not drafted.

LSU OT La'el Collins obviously topped the list. "Finney has quick feet and gets every ounce of power out of his body, rarely making mistakes, but he also doesn't have a lot of physical traits to get excited about," Brugler wrote. "Nonetheless, he has surpassed expectations at every level he's played and that likely won't stop once he gets to the NFL." ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Finney as the No. 3 UDFA: "He's not a mauler, but he's an effective positional blocker who rarely takes false steps and sustains long enough to create seams for his running backs. He also does a nice job of masking his athletic limitations in pass protection by getting his hands inside and locking on." Finney signed with the Steelers.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 11:53 PM

Jaguars signed Kansas State QB Jake Waters.

Waters (6'1/216) succeeded Collin Klein as the Wildcats' quarterback, starting for two seasons and posting a 64.1 completion rate with a 40:16 TD-to-INT ratio and 15 rushing scores. A smallish scrambler with sub-baseline NFL quarterbacking tools, Waters has been likened to Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Ultimately, he's likely no more than a camp arm.
May 3 - 7:11 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Seahawks an "A-" draft grade.

Kiper included Jimmy Graham, who was acquired for the 31st pick and Max Unger, in that grade. The analyst thought Frank Clark was a fine Rd. 2 value pick assuming his off-the-field problem days are over. He really liked Seattle's No. 3 selection (No. 69 overall). "The pick of Tyler Lockett (they moved up for him) is one of my favorites in the entire draft," Kiper wrote. "The guy is just always open, and anybody who watched the Super Bowl knows how much the Seahawks need pass-catchers who can create some separation. This is your guy."
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 2:04 PM

Eagles selected Kansas State CB Randall Evans with the No. 196 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Eagles keep addressing their leaky secondary. Evans (6'0/195) fits Chip Kelly's mold as a rangy corner with plus speed (4.44). He started 31 career games and was a first-team All Big-12 selection in 2014. There's plenty of room on the depth chart for Evans to make the squad.
May 2 - 4:28 PM

Seahawks traded up with the Redskins to select Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Lockett (5'10/182) rewrote the K-State record books, compiling 249 career catches for 3,710 yards (14.9 YPR) and 29 touchdowns, and scoring six return TDs (two on punts, four on kickoffs) as a two-time winner of Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. Lockett blazed 4.40 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Twitched up, versatile, and highly competitive, Lockett has drawn comparisons to T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown. Despite his size deficiency, Lockett projects as an early-career impact player on offense and returns. He could be the Golden Tate replacement the Seahawks couldn't find last year.
May 1 - 9:57 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett will "likely to get picked in the third round this week, but he will outperform several wideouts taken above him," according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

With another loaded WR class in this year's draft, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound Lockett tends to get overlooked. The Kansas state prospect, who was highly productive in 2014, recorded 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns when everyone knew he was getting the ball. Although Lockett lacks the ideal size for the position at the next level, he has been productive for the Wildcats. Lockett should make an immediate impact on offense, as well as on special teams.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 29 - 2:04 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "has the best ability to string together multiple moves in the open field of any player in this class," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"I can't count the number of times I'd see him make the first guy miss on tape," McShay wrote. "He can hurt defenses in multiple ways. He's obviously great after the catch, but he also does some damage on handoffs and he might be the best return specialist in this draft. He had six kickoff and punt return TDs combined during his college career." Lockett confirmed the explosion at the combine, running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash time with a 6.89-second 3-cone drill. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett, who finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season, has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Apr 27 - 10:04 PM

Kansas State C B.J. Finney "has some athletic limitations, but I like his wrestling background," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Just a tough, gritty player. Centers nowadays really don't have to be special athletically," he said. Some evaluators think Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme because of his aforementioned movement limitations. Finney boasts good size (6-foot-3 1/2, 315 pounds) and smarts, but he could stand to get stronger.
Apr 26 - 5:41 PM

In a deep receiver class, Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "could fall further than his talents suggest, giving someone a steal on Day 2 or later," writes Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. "If there is a prospect in this draft who looks like he's simply too small to be regarded as a top pick, it's Lockett," McGuinness wrote. "A big-play threat who produced 559 yards on passes 20 yards or more downfield in 2014, he plays much bigger than his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame suggests, going up to win the ball at the catch point when needed. An impressive route runner, he has quick feet that allow him to quickly get open and find holes in zones well." Lockett has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:39 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "is a smart, instinctive slot receiver who knows how to get open," writes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He is smallish at 5-9, 182 pounds, but in a league where teams are starved for slot receivers he could become a 70- catch player in a year or so," Prisco wrote. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He's been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "Runs like the wind with speed to get behind the secondary on vertical patterns... sudden, decisive footwork off the snap and in his breaks to sell routes and attract holding penalties - dynamic and deliberate route runner... doesn't slow down in his cuts, showing sharp burst to create space... deadly stop-and-go and double moves with a strong understanding of how to separate in his routes," reads Brugler's scouting report.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 10:42 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett may have been "the best big-play wide receiver in college football last season," reports ESPN's K.C. Joyner.

Lockett led the country in 10-plus yard receptions against Power 5 teams and red zone receptions (19) and receiving yards (171) last year. "Add in his best in college football ranking in punt return average and it shows Lockett could give any young wideout a run for the money in terms of posting big plays," Joyner wrote. "He could be had on Day 2 after most of the big-name receiver prospects are off the board, and put up similar or better production."
Apr 19 - 9:15 PM

NFL scouts are impressed by Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett's "productivity as a shifty slot receiver and returner, (but) his diminutive size and medical background are cause for concern," reports NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"As long as he is healthy, Lockett can add firepower as a devilish slot receiver as well as kickoff and punt returner," Rang wrote. We will point out that Lockett's durability concerns are far less acute than most other prospects; he missed three games and a bowl game in 2011 with a lacerated kidney and missed two games with a hamstring issue in 2013. "Runs like the wind with speed to get behind the secondary on vertical patterns... sudden, decisive footwork off the snap and in his breaks to sell routes and attract holding penalties - dynamic and deliberate route runner... doesn't slow down in his cuts, showing sharp burst to create space... deadly stop-and-go and double moves with a strong understanding of how to separate in his routes," reads Dane Brugler's scouting report.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 9:26 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett will slide because of the depth of this receiver class.

But Jeremiah cautions the following, via film study on Lockett: "He's the guy who's always open." Jeremiah believes Lockett will be available in the second round and would be good value there. "He's open on every single play," Jeremiah said. he 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He's been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:12 PM


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