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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

The Big 12 has suspended the replay official and replay communicator one game after the two did not stop play so a controversial call could be reviewed.

"...the replay official failed to follow established procedures in a timely manner, which prevented the play from being stopped for review prior to the next snap," Big 12 football supervisor of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. The play in question was a catch by receiver Tyler Lockett that resulted in Kansas State getting the ball on the 1-yard line. Lockett, however, was in contact with the endzone pylon at the time of the catch, which is considered out of bounds. The Big-12 did say the video was inconclusive, so the result likely would not have changed as the call would have stood.
Sep 8 - 9:54 AM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 136 yards in the school's 32-28 win over Iowa State.

Lockett started off slow, but came down with a perfectly timed contested catch late in this game. The lean receiver will mostly play the "small" game in the NFL, but the more contested catches he puts on tape the better.
Sep 6 - 5:03 PM

After studying game tape of Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Lockett's playing style to former Sooner WR Jalen Saunders.

"Finished studying K-State WR/KR Tyler Lockett. Reminded me of Jalen Saunders but Lockett is more of a body catcher," Jeremiah tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 175 pound wideout has smaller hands which can often cause him to double catch balls and use his body. However, Lockett is a precise route runner, with the ability to cut on a dime, and take the top off a defense. He finished the 2013 campaign with 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs.
Jul 15 - 7:21 AM

Kansas State senior LB Jonathan Truman can bench press 430, squat 535 and clean 400.

That's some serious strength coming from a 5-foot-11, 215-pound package, and explains why Truman made Bruce Feldman's "All-Freak" team. The former state champion high school wrestler started all 13 games last year, finishing second on the team with 89 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. A former walk-on, Truman doesn't have an obvious position fit in the NFL -- he's too small to be a pro LB, but probably isn't fast enough to convert to safety.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 6:44 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former walk-on is about to embark upon his fourth season as starting center; he's been named the Big 12's best center in each of the last two campaigns. So why doesn't Brugler believe Finney could hack it in the pros? "He has a stout body type and is not an easy guy to move from his spot, exhibiting excellent toughness in the trenches," Brugler wrote. "Finney has quick snap and set up, but also gets too high and straight-legged in his stance, relying too much on his upper body to get the job done. He is mobile enough to get to the second level and uses body angles very well, but needs to refine his hand placement, often landing his grip outside his target and getting tossed aside."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 6 - 1:18 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler passes along that NFL scouts want to see more on-field nastiness from Kansas State junior OG Cody Whitehair this year.

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," Brugler wrote. "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 has started 25 games for the Wildcats. "He is too much of a catch blocker and NFL scouts want to see more of a nasty attitude to bully and bury his targets," Brugler wrote. "Whitehair is at his best when he extends to make first contact with rushers, but doesn't do that consistently, allowing his pads to rise and rushers to attack his body."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 6 - 1:05 AM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters compares to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"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," Brugler wrote. Like Shaw, Waters lacks ideal height and size for the next level. The Kansas State prospect is a versatile athlete and a tough competitor who can come up big in clutch moments. Waters enters the 2014 season with the top career passing efficiency rating (156.8)in school history and ranks fifth in passing yards per game (189.9).
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 4 - 10:48 AM

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

"He has a very strong understanding of leverage and angles and appears comfortable on his feet, leading some teams to believe his NFL future is at linebacker. Mueller is lacking in a few areas, but he has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi, who lined up on the defensive line in college before successfully making the transition to a stand up linebacker spot in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The Kansas State prospect led the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) in 2013 and should be one of the top returning defenders in the Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 3 - 1:16 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett is "arguably the top wideout in the conference."

"Arguably the top wideout in the conference, Lockett doesn't look like much, but he runs like the wind with sudden footwork in his breaks to create separation before, during and after the catch," Brugler wrote. The Kansas State prospect is dangerous in space, and has the ability to stretch the field vertically, while taking the top off a defense. Although Lockett doesn't possess ideal NFL size, he makes up for it with speed and precise route running. Lockett had 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs for the Wildcats in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 3 - 11:45 AM

NFL.com's Bryan Fischer believes Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett is one of the top returning seniors in the Big 12.

"Easily one of the best receivers in the conference, if not the country, Lockett was one of the few bright spots on Kansas State's team as they took a step back from 2012's championship run. He's a great return man and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball," wrote Fischer. Lockett had a solid outing for the Wildcats in 2013 with 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 2:25 AM

Lions signed Kansas State OT Cornelius Lucas.

Lucas (6-foot-7 3/4, 316) was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Wildcats, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a senior from the conference's coaches. Lucas' potential stems almost purely from his size, as he is a mammoth human with 36 3/4-inch arms, and capable of engulfing would-be pass rushers. Lucas must polish his pass-protection technique, but has starting-caliber tools and moves relatively well for his build.
May 13 - 10:45 PM

Saints selected Kansas State OT Tavon Rooks with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

A fringe prospect, Rooks earned All Big Honorable Mention honors as a senior. Under-sized at 6-foot-4, 299 pounds, Rooks will have to continue bulking up to have a real shot at cracking the Saints' 53-man roster. He's likely ticketed for the practice squad.
May 10 - 5:02 PM


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