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Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "feasted off the depleted right side of the Texas offensive line" on Saturday, according to Pro Football Focus.

Mueller was a prospect badly in need of a huge game. Gifted an ideal matchup, he cashed in, spending most of the afternoon in UT's backfield. "At times he didn’t even use a pass rushing move and did nothing more than sprint straight around either Camrhon Hughes or Kent Perkins and they still couldn’t stop him," noted PFF. "Seven pressures on the day for the senior." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote about Mueller's struggles a few weeks ago, surprising for a player coming off a season in which he had 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Brugler compared Mueller to Tedy Bruschi in September. Perhaps Mueller is ready to get back to that level.
Oct 27 - 9:43 PM

Kansas State junior OT Cody Whitehair "was consistently in control of his blocks in the run game and didn’t get beat cleanly once all game" on Saturday against Texas, noted Pro Football Focus.

"The junior was clean all day in pass protections outside of a holding penalty on Cedric Reed," Pro Football Focus' team of analysts wrote. Whitehair was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection last season. "He looks the part with good quickness off the snap and shuffles well, anchoring when he keeps his knees bent," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer. "Whitehair's best trait is his ability to pick up extra pressures and keep his head on a swivel with vision and instincts." The 6-foot-3, 309-pounder is a left tackle for the Wildcats, but projects as an NFL guard.
Oct 27 - 6:48 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters threw for 224 yards in Kansas State's 23-0 romp over Texas on Saturday.

He was 19-for-30. Waters is a fringe prospect who isn't likely to get drafted after next season, though he'll definitely get a camp invite. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could surprise and carve out a short career as a backup. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
Oct 26 - 4:09 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught eight passes for 103 yards in the school's 23-0 win over Texas.

Lockett had a 40 yarder called back due to holding. The diminutive receiver has traits that will appeal to NFL teams, but so did Jeremy Gallon and he is currently a free agent. Still, expect Lockett to be drafted sometime during the third day.
Oct 25 - 4:12 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The center spot in next April’s draft offers several terrific senior prospects and Finney is starting to enter the conversation," Pauline wrote. "During the KSU victory over Oklahoma he was efficient in all areas and easily handled his assignments. The four year starter is smart, dependable and projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense." The former walk-on is a four-year starter. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote before the season that Finney "doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level." Perhaps he's changed his mind.
Oct 20 - 7:42 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-30 win over Oklahoma.

Locket has had issues with his hands this season, but for the most part he did very well in this game. His touchdown grab, which took place on 3rd and goal, displayed his ability to cross his defender's face with quickness. Locket flashes winning in contested situations despite his slight frame.
Oct 18 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has had a low-key senior campaign."

Put another way, Mueller is struggling. He has only four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks this season after breaking out last year, leading the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5). Mueller has a chance to turn around the tide in front of scouts on Saturday when he's matched up against stud Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams, both potential first-round picks.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 9:28 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's game against Texas Tech.

He also had a nine-yard run and a 24-yard kickoff return. Lockett has been criticized widely for his small catch radius because he generally catches the ball on his body, which leads to drops. Because of that, games like this are good to see for his draft stock. Ultimately, though, he is what he is: An undersized burner who is an outstanding return man but no better than a No. 3 option at the next level.
Oct 6 - 4:31 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett had 84-yards receiving to go with a punt return touchdown in Kansas State's win over UTEP on Saturday.

Lockett pulled out his bag of tricks on Saturday. In addition to catching four passes for 84 yards, Lockett also returned a kick for 58-yards and a touchdown. The speedster has caught a seventeen balls for 274-yards through Kansas State's first four games. Lockett generally tends to catch the ball on his body, which occasionally leads to drops, but he's also a big play receiver whose return ability is attractive to NFL scouts.
Sep 28 - 2:23 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters threw for 208 yards and ran the ball for a touchdown in Kansas State's 58-28 romp over Texas El-Palso.

Waters was efficient in this one, completing 10-of-15 passes in Saturday's blowout win over UTEP. Waters had a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 44-yard touchdown pass to Zach Trujila in the third. This season Waters has rushed for 184 yards on 48 attempts this season and passed for 916 yards, completing 61.6% of his passes. He is undersized for the position, but if he puts a big season, he might able to catch on with an NFL club.
Sep 28 - 2:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size."

"He runs like the wind with the lighting quick feet to create separation and create, but a small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size," Brugler wrote. During the game last week against Auburn, Lockett was wide open as he ran an inside route down by the goal line and had a ball bounce off his hands that ended up in an Auburn defenders hands. Brugler adds that the Kansas State prospect "had a few other drops in the game, which has been a pattern over his career with his smaller hands and tendency to run before securing the ball."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 3:58 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett vindicated his detractors by struggling on Thursday against Auburn, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"There’s a wide variety of opinion on Lockett’s next level ability but his performance against Auburn had detractors saying 'I told you so,'" Pauline wrote. The speedy wideout dropped two passes in the first quarter of his team's loss to the Tigers, including one which slipped through his hands in the end zone. Dropped passes and poor pass catching technique is nothing new for Lockett. On film he’s body catcher who seemingly needs to grasp the ball against his frame to secure the reception. This leads to drops, double catches and a lot of missed opportunity. He’s the type of player who’ll wow coaches with big plays from the line of scrimmage or long kick returns then at the same time break hearts with his inability to cleanly catch the ball." There are two ways to look at the performance, and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote the other one last week, noting that Lockett created "buzz in war rooms" with his special teams play versus the Tigers.
Sep 22 - 9:32 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett will "create a buzz in war rooms around the league after putting on a spectacular showing on special teams against Auburn," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"There is always a spot in the NFL for a dynamic returner with big play ability," Brooks wrote. Lockett is certainly that. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett averaged 23.7 yards per return across three attempts Thursday night. "While NFL scouts will question his size and durability based on his slender frame, Lockett shows enough toughness as a returner to silence the skeptics concerned about his ability to survive and thrive in the league as a specialist," Brooks wrote. "As far as his chances of cracking a lineup as a wide receiver, I believe he's a natural fit as a No. 3 wide receiver at the next level. He is a polished route runner with a knack for getting open on short and intermediate routes against 'off' coverage. He needs to continue to work on winning against rugged defenders using physical tactics at the line, but he's slippery and flashes enough quickness to separate from defenders out of breaks."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:48 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has some Tedy Bruschi to him," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Mueller stays low out of his stance with quick get-off to shoot gaps and penetrate the backfield," Brugler wrote. "He displays a strong understanding of leverage and angles with a flexible lower body and powerful hands to finish tackles. Mueller routinely plays alert, well-prepared and assignment sound, reading the run well and containing the edge. Although he's not a quick-twitch mover, he has better change of direction abilities than expected and looks comfortable on his feet, leading many to believe his future might be at linebacker in the NFL." He led the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) in 2013. "Ryan just epitomizes what Coach Snyder is all about, doesn't he?" an NFC North scout said. "There's no doubt he has his limitations, but he's a 110-percenter with a locked in motor that won't quit. To be honest, I'm not sure where or if he's going to be drafted, but I'm not betting against him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 17 - 9:57 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters "has a chance to showcase his diverse skills" on Thursday night against Auburn, wrote Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

"Waters is the classic Bill Snyder recruit -- and undervalued junior college star that few other high-profile schools wanted," wrote SI's Inside Read duo. "As so often happens under Snyder, he’s emerged as a star." KSU would take a big step towards the inaugural college football playoff if it can pull off an upset against the Tigers. "We have everything," Waters said. "We can go do the spread game, the zone reads, throw the attachments, or we can go put two tight ends, two running backs in there and pound it on the ground. It’s a complicated offense." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
Sep 16 - 8:22 PM


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